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Let the professionals at DISA help! ‘Ask DISA’ gives employers an opportunity to ask the employee screening questions they need answered. DISA’s industry experts will reach out shortly after they research and answer each question.

Most Recent Questions

Can an employee test positive for marijuana from second hand smoke?

Cut-off levels have been established to rule out passive or second hand smoke inhalation.  Clinical studies have been conducted to establish the cut-offs, and the studies concluded that it is extremely unlikely for an individual to test positive due to passive or second hand smoke inhalation.

Category: Drug and Alcohol Testing

How do I obtain a waiver or exemption to gain access to an owner site?

You will need to contact your contract employer for the specific owner’s procedure for obtaining a waiver or exemption.

Category: Drug and Alcohol Testing

What is included in a background check?

Background checks often include a criminal history search at a minimum. However, depending upon the nature of the job, for persons in more sensitive, high-level positions or those dealing with vulnerable populations, it may also include investigation of credit reports, sanctions checks, sex offender checks, and/or driving history.

Category: Background Screening

Are credit reports included in a background check?

A credit report is sourced at one of the three major credit bureaus. A credit report can reveal if an applicant has lived at a particular address or addresses for a length of time and can be an indicator of how responsibly he/she has handled personal financial affairs. In some states, this product can only be used for certain positions, such as fiduciary or executive management positions, or for certain regulated employers. Note, no credit score is provided on the credit report for employment purposes. State and local laws restrict when a credit report can be obtained for employment purposes.

Category: Background Screening

Are driving records included in a background check?

Yes, driving records can be included in a background check. This product verifies current driving history from the Department of Motor Vehicles; it may report arrests/convictions/suspensions for speeding and driving while intoxicated, which may indicate a history of reckless behavior.

Category: Background Screening

What information will be included in a verification?

The background screening company will contact verified previous employers to confirm dates of employment, job title, and reason for leaving. Education verifications generally confirm the year of graduation, major, degree earned, and attendance dates.

Category: Background Screening

Why do employers conduct background checks?

Organizations owe it to themselves and their customers to research the background of potential employees and volunteers to ensure the safety of other employees, customers, and their property. The most effective method to accomplish this is by conducting thorough background checks. The costs of fraud, embezzlement, theft, and violence are a multi-billion dollar drain on our economy, bleeding organizations both large and small. One of the most compelling reasons organizations now conduct background checks is to uncover deception or fraud. For example, it can confirm whether an individual provided accurate information on his/her resume or application. Depending on the industry, some form of background investigation may be required, whether because it is mandated by law or because their insurance company demands it.

Category: Background Screening

What kinds of criminal records show up on a background check?

Depending on the scope of the search allowable by law or requested by an employer, records of convictions of a felony or misdemeanor are usually reported on a background check. Non-convictions may be reported in some cases depending on the date of the charge or whether a case has been dismissed. Federal and state law will determine how far back criminal records can be reported.

Category: Background Screening