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Background Check FAQs

What is covered by a background check?

A background check will cover a candidate’s background based on criteria determined by their prospective or current employer. A check of a candidate’s background may include employment, education, criminal records, credit history, motor vehicle, and license record checks. Each type of check will reveal different information pertinent to that check.

A candidate should get clarification from the organization requesting the background check in order to understand what specific searches are being requested.

Will a misdemeanor or felony appear on my background check?

This is entirely dependent on what searches an employer requests. A misdemeanor or felony conviction or legally reportable non-conviction will show up on a background check if the employer is requesting a criminal check that includes misdemeanors and felonies.

Drug Testing FAQs

What is involved in employee drug testing?

Most employers that conduct drug testing do so under very controlled conditions following federal testing guidelines or state laws regulating drug testing. This helps ensure the security and integrity of the sample provided by the candidate and that the sample being tested is not adulterated (tampered with) or mixed up.

What screening is required for the transportation industry?

All DOT-regulated employers also are required to perform drug and alcohol testing, as well as verify that the candidate did not violate the drug and alcohol testing regulations during any previous safety-sensitive employment. Every regulated transportation employee must take, and pass, a pre-hire (or pre-assignment) drug test before being permitted to perform any regulated safety-sensitive work.

DOT regulations require transportation employers to administer random drug and/or alcohol testing programs that ensure the testing of a certain percentage of workers each year. And, all transportation employers are required to conduct reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol tests when warranted.

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