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    Hi
    Has any one here ever done a background check on a person?


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    Most places I've worked (in the UK) use the DBS checks https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barrin...check/overview I'm sure whichever country you are posting from has a similar system in place.


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    I worked at a small business where part of my work involved processing people's background checks, but there's bound to be differences between jurisdictions. What's your specific question, and what jurisdiction or country are you asking about?
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    Different jobs have different needs to find out what those jobs need to check out about a person trying to get a job.
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    Hi
    thanks for your replies.
    I want to check on a new employee.
    I noticed there are many websites that enable to perform a background check
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    Unless running background checks is part of your job description, despite how tempting and easy it is to do, I strongly recommend that you leave it alone because you could lose your job over it. Your company hired the new employee after performing checks to their satisfaction, which you should abide by, and it could be considered an invasion of privacy even though it is considered "public" information because the information has nothing to do with their employment. People should realize that 3% of Americans have taken a trip through the justice system.

    Same thing with medical information: hemorrhoids, an abortion, hammer toe, etc — almost everything medical — has nothing to do with work. Gossip about a woman who never wears open-toed shoes that she has hammer toes (which is why she dresses that way — because she's embarrassed) and it may get you into similar trouble. Remember that the insult is in the eye of the victim.

    Same thing with race. Mention that someone is, say, really one-eighth Afro-American, when they haven't mentioned it publically themselves and they are obviously "passing", and you can probably kiss your job goodbye. In any event, race has nothing to do with their job.

    Same thing with someone's financial background, which can also come up in checks — it has nothing to do with their work.

    I saw this same thing (criminal background checks) done at one of my employers, and it backfired on the employee who did it. HR found out about it, and gave a written warning to the "background checker", which went into his file, and he had to apologize and promise that he held no animosity toward the other employee. It probably diminished the amount of trust in him. The new employee did leave the company before his first anniversary, and so the company had wasted money hiring and training him.

    And if you do check the person's background, kept it to yourself, otherwise, those nice people you work with will then begin to wonder what any normal person would — that is, if you have also run checks on them too (or their spouses, SOs, kids, etc), whether or not they or any of their loved ones have a criminal record because, when you think about it, it simply amounts to gossip, and no one likes — or trusts — a gossiper. You have no idea that some of those nice people you work with have been arrested for a DUI, a public disturbance, a domestic dispute — not to mention a petty crime from their early adulthood — that they never have, and never will, mention to their coworkers.

    A pillar of the community once confided in me that she had been convicted of a DUI many years ago after a particularly painful breakup. Just the fact that she had a "record" terrified her, and she thought the DUI made her look like an alcoholic, which she was not. I think almost everyone has driven home at some time in their lives "when they shouldn't have"; she just happened to get caught.
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