A Social Security Number Trace Can Give Excellent Information about a Prospective Employee
It’s tough being an employer in the 21st century. You run a business, you have to hire employees, yet if you take them at face value and work on your own gut instincts you can get yourself into a lot of trouble with the law if you get things wrong.
Unfair though it may seem, as an employer you have a duty to ensure that you are not negligent when hiring a new employee. If one of your employees causes injury to another employee, a customer, or a member of the general public – even when not in the performance of their duties – you as the employer can be held liable if it is deemed that you failed to take reasonable care when hiring that employee. You may be liable if you simply failed to enquire into that employee’s history.
Pre-Employment Background Checks Are Essential
Back in the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 when the social security system was developed, technology was in it’s infancy. The social security system was not intended to be a unique identification system, yet that is what it has turned out to be. However, it can still be accessed and falsified by the unscrupulous. Yet, as an employer you are required to verify the identity of anyone you hire.
This is where we can help by using the employees’ social security number to trace and verify that the number is being used in a legitimate fashion.
Credit Reference Bureaus And More Than 20 Other Sources
Armed with this information, we can undertake an SSN trace which uses information held by credit reference bureaus and over 20 other sources to establish comprehensive details – even where the applicant has no credit card, mortgage, or other loans. Our Social Security Verification Service will yield the date of birth of the applicant, former employers, and, crucially, current and past addresses.
The addresses indicate the court jurisdictions that should be searched for any criminal records. The SSN search will also show any aliases that are associated with that Social Security Number so that a criminal record can also be found if a judgment was issued against an alias.
This is why our Social Security Verification Service is of such value when undertaking pre-employment background checks. If you like, it is the starting point for a series of other checks we undertake in order to uncover information about a candidate that he or she may wish to keep hidden.
As an employer it is incumbent upon you to ensure that your employees – whether just on-board or who may have been with you for years – are not a danger to other employees, or members of the public – quite apart from any possible damage to your business. Get it wrong, and it can literally cost millions in legal fees, to say nothing of any penalties imposed.
This is why employee screening is so important in the world we live in today.