Credential Check Corporation (https://credentialcheck.com/) can be contacted directly at (888) 689-2000 for available services. As an EPRMA member, you can use EPRMA negotiated prices.
1) Basic Package $3.90
a. Services Included: National Criminal Index Plus. Note: A county criminal search is run on any possible records to ensure maximum possible accuracy, which will incur an additional $5.90 charge.
National Criminal Index Plus
A nationwide, multi-jurisdictional database comprised of hundreds of sources including criminal data (Department of Corrections, county, state), state level sexual offender registries, national and international security sources. A full source list is available on www.credentialcheck.com/help.
Geographic Information System (GiS) Comparison Notes
The databases offered in our National Criminal Index Plus provide access to more criminal databases than the three presented by GiS*. In addition, to comply with Section §613 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, CredentialCheck will confirm any records at the originating county level. Relying on a public database alone puts employers at risk for violating §613.
Visit the Federal Trade Commission webpage by clicking on this link: Fair Credit Reporting Act
2) Enhanced Package $36.30
a. Services Included: National Criminal Index Plus, Social Security Trace, 7-year County Criminal.
National Criminal Index Plus
A nationwide, multi-jurisdictional database comprised of hundreds of sources including criminal data (Department of Corrections, county, state), state level sexual offender registries, national and international security sources. A full source list is available on www.credentialcheck.com/help. A county criminal search is run on any possible records to ensure maximum possible accuracy.
Social Security Trace
A search that cross-references more than 300 data sources to identify names and addresses that have been used in conjunction with a given social security number. The trace also provides a scan of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Death Master File.
NEW ** December 4, 2017 Upgrade ** NEW
CredentialCheck is proud to announce an upgraded format for the Social Security Trace service. Whether you’re using one of the enhanced Soc Crim options, or the instant SSN Trace, the format will make it easy to determine when and where the number was issued, if it is on the Death Master Index, and any associated name and address history.
A criminal search performed at the county level from the designated central criminal courts, which includes available public felony and misdemeanor records within the requested search scope. The Central Court is considered the court or courts in which felonies and most misdemeanors are adjudicated. The Central Court is also referred to as the “County Seat” Court. The Central Court index may not include all cases that can be found in smaller, local, lower level, outlying or remote municipal courts. A county criminal is ordered for every alias name and address located on the social security trace for 7 years.
GiS Comparison Notes
The background report grading offered by GiS puts both GiS and the employer at risk of violating the adverse action rules in the FCRA, as well as guidance set forth by the EEOC in regards to Individualized Assessment and Blanket Policies. In 2012, the EEOC released their 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions.
The EEOC, in general, provides that employers should:
1) Avoid blanket/sweeping policies regarding criminal record evaluation, i.e., no felonies of any kind
2) Review all criminal records using the “Green” factors, Green v. Pacific RR
3) Consider removing criminal history question from application, Ban the Box
4) Perform an Individualized Assessment of all candidate background check results
NEW ** 2018 Enhanced Professional Reference Questions ** NEW
Beginning January 2, 2018, CredentialCheck will ask the following questions as part of the Professional Reference Level 1.
These new and improved questions will provide emploers with a better idea of the candidate’s strengths and qualifications as it relates to any position.
CredentialCheck also offers a custom professional reference service, whereby clients are able to provide custom reference questions.
Pricing and more information is available through the CredentialCredit Client Relationships Team.
Information regarding EEOC Guidance can be found by clicking on this link: EEOC Guidance
Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) and employers have seen a rise in litigation surrounding these practices, including a suit against GiS that sparked the Federal Trade Commission FTC to pen its much-discussed guidance to CRAs to avoid such compliance issues.
Visit the Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB)by clicking on this link: CFPB Press Release: GiS and Backgroundchecks.com
For more information on the Federal Trade Commission’s position on Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs), please click on this link: FTC Guidance to CRAs
Credential Check Corporation welcomes the opportunity to provide both compliance and cost-effective services through our continued partnership.