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Old 12-10-2008, 07:41 AM
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When a company does a backround check on you using your ssn# what do they find.....medical records? criminal records? credit records? education records? I have no idea, I have nothing to hide I am just curiouse what they see when they look me up?
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It all depends on what level of background check they are paying for. You are on the right track, they should not have access to your medical records, that would be a Hippa violation. Normal is a criminal background check, credit education. They can pay for more if that is required for the job.
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Typical is criminal, driving, work comp, credit

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When a company does a backround check on you using your ssn# what do they find.....medical records? criminal records? credit records? education records? I have no idea, I have nothing to hide I am just curiouse what they see when they look me up?
I would say criminal record and maybe driving record unless you have signed a release form for them to access medical and credit I don't believe they can pull that information. I still think the only way they can obtain medical records is from your doctor and he has to have a signed form giving him athority to release those records.
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When a company does a backround check on you using your ssn# what do they find.....medical records? criminal records? credit records? education records? I have no idea, I have nothing to hide I am just curiouse what they see when they look me up?
I would say criminal record and maybe driving record unless you have signed a release form for them to access medical and credit I don't believe they can pull that information. I still think the only way they can obtain medical records is from your doctor and he has to have a signed form giving him athority to release those records.
That is correct, meds need a specific release form. Actually, you can specify what they are allowed to look at. For my job, criminal and driving was required, workmans comp history was OK but there is no need for anyone to know my credit score or history to give me a job.
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Depends on the level of the check. When I did work at the Naval War College I think they spoke with some former elementary school teachers as part of the process.
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They might look at your overall THT posting history...be careful!
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Potential employers also check for MySpace accounts on applicants.

Beware what you post!

There is also a fairly new service which list the prescription meds that you have been taken. It is almost like zabasearch. Easy to access. Scary!

The backgrounds that I do are more involved than a pre-employment search, but searches CAN get more involved if the employer wants to pay for them...(whether or not they have approval from the applicant) Muhuhahaha
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For my job, criminal and driving was required, workmans comp history was OK but there is no need for anyone to know my credit score or history to give me a job.








Actually, the credit score is the most requested, and weighs quite a bit in an employers hiring decision.

If someone is a credit-criminal, what is to stop them from taking their new employer "to the bank" as well???

Responsibility, integrity and ethics can somewhat be determined by a persons credit score, or at least their payment history.
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One4Water - 12/10/2008 11:12 AM

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When a company does a backround check on you using your ssn# what do they find.....medical records? criminal records? credit records? education records? I have no idea, I have nothing to hide I am just curiouse what they see when they look me up?
I would say criminal record and maybe driving record unless you have signed a release form for them to access medical and credit I don't believe they can pull that information. I still think the only way they can obtain medical records is from your doctor and he has to have a signed form giving him athority to release those records.
That is correct, meds need a specific release form. Actually, you can specify what they are allowed to look at. For my job, criminal and driving was required, workmans comp history was OK but there is no need for anyone to know my credit score or history to give me a job.
Actually credit score is a great insight into character. I certainly would not hire a controller with a credit score of 600.
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Jdizzle - 12/10/2008 10:41 PM

... I have nothing to hide I am just curious what they see when they look me up?

Actually, you have a lot to hide, you just don't know it yet. We all have a lot to hide. It is a blossoming industry, the personal data being collected and traded. Some of it is for marketing purposes, some for identification, some for credit, some for medical/insurance. It's all starting to come together in single locations and there is a whole lot of concern there are no controls or limits to preclude nefarious use of that data.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:38 AM
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My current employer pulls a ten year criminal background check, a three year driving record check, and requires a seven panel drug test. (insert drug test jokes here). The criminal background check basically reveals only things the cops have been involved in. Bad credit is not a criminal act, in my opinion.

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on the criminal background check, how do items that you have been charged with, but were not convicted on show up. The reason I as is a college friend of mine got a DUI about a year ago, but charges were dropped. He is pondering changing jobs, with the new one very sensitive to past charges.
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At my dept an actual physical arrest will show up on a background check even if the charges are dropped...that would include DUI's.
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At my dept an actual physical arrest will show up on a background check even if the charges are dropped...that would include DUI's.
He was telling me that the local clerk of court said that he could put in an application for expungement (sp?) but that it was going to cost several hundred bucks for it. To me, that is horse sh!t. What happened to innocent until proven guilty.......not to mention innocent after being found innocent. If there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict, the out of pocket he has spent already on representation and legal fees should be plenty IMO to make the complete record go away forever, or am I mission something? It just seems a bit off base that the government can charge you an administration fee to fix their mistake......which is after all what aquital is.
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YAHhh!
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Jdizzle - 12/10/2008 6:41 AM

When a company does a backround check on you using your ssn# what do they find.....medical records? criminal records? credit records? education records? I have no idea, I have nothing to hide I am just curiouse what they see when they look me up?
The federal government is quite interested in your credit, and any recent bankrupcy filings. (Likely won' hire, and can terminate an existing job if you get into financial straights) They base many jobs on "security clearance" issues and without the clearance, no job.

In my case (MD) specifically checked criminal and any child related charges. Drug history etc.

They usually require verification of education credentials, direct from the institution. (Don't want frauds giving care)

Specifically, in answer to your question, an employer can request and look at anything they lawfully can. What they may or may not use, is up to them, and the law.

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We do a lot of recruitment/hiring for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, the majority of what we see in background checks are education verification, employment verification (going back 7 years or last 3 jobs), criminal, driving and credit. Most of the senior level hires also have to sign off for full medical record access via a full physical exam and drug screen. Every once in a while we have an offer pulled due to a conflict on any one given item - they are pretty strict.
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:08 PM
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First, dont be mad at the messenger it just shows as an arrest that is all, most employers will give someone an opportunity to explain. An attorney can expunged this fom his record... Its been a while since I have seen a real innocent DUI, but many beat there first arrest with a good attorney..
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I went thru "Yankee White" Clearance several years ago and the DSS knew of girlfriends I had forgotten! I think they still have some ofmy "inerds" in afile somewhere. [img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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