As you settle into a new schedule, check out some updates in the background screening world. There may be some that affect your hiring practices.

SSN Service Renamed

To better serve our clients and keep our services clear, we are renaming the SSN Validation and Address Tracker  to the National SSN/Address Locator. We hope this new name and description helps clarify the scope of the search.

The new description is:

National SSN/Address Locator is primarily used to identify aliases and counties where applicants reside. This search gathers information from a multitude of venues such as credit bureaus, public records (real property) and moving records from mailing houses. NCS’ Background’s National SSN/Address Locator searches credit headers and association algorithms in over 20 billion records, which uncover recent relocations as well as historical addresses. 

This nationwide search provides summaries of the applicant’s name, name variations (such as maiden or previous names), date of birth, current address, and phone number. Our National SSN/Address Locator is a comprehensive tool to identify 30-50% more counties.



“Ban the Box” Grows to Thirteen States

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey signed the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” Bill 1999 into law. The Act limits the ability of covered New Jersey employers to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal record. The law becomes effective March 1, 2015.

The total number of states with Ban the Box policies is up to thirteen:

  • California,
  • Colorado,
  • Connecticut,
  • Delaware,
  • Hawaii,
  • Illinois,
  • Maryland,
  • Massachusetts,
  • Minnesota,
  • Nebraska,
  • New Jersey,
  • New Mexico, and
  • Rhode Island.

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Latest Criminal Background Check Developments Affect San Francisco, Illinois, and Alabama Employers

Employers should be aware of the following developments across the country before running a criminal background check:

  • San Francisco’s new “ban the box” ordinance took effect, including the requirement that employers post and distribute a notice of rights;
  • the Northern District of Illinois recently granted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) motion to compel the production of documents and information concerning the defendant company’s criminal background check policies and data; and
  • a new Alabama law took effect this past month to prevent employers from inquiring into certain expunged criminal records on a job application.

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