background check

background check
An investigation performed on a person’s history and background that can include criminal records, bankruptcies, liens, civil court judgments, previous and current addresses, property ownership, and other information.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

background check
In the employment context, an action taken by an employer to verify a potential employee's qualifications, employment history or other characteristics bearing on suitability for employment. Background checks may also be conducted on existing employees. A background check can include checking:
• References.
• Education and work history.
• Driving records (particularly where the employee or applicant will be driving in the course of employment).
• Credit.
• Criminal history.
• Medical records.
• Drug use (for more information, see Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing under the Americans with Disabilities Act Checklist (
• Military records.
• Bankruptcies.
• Tax liens.
• Licensing records.
• Workers' compensation records.
• UCC filings.
For more information generally, see Practice Note, Background Checks and References ( The Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates the collection and use of consumer credit information, and employers must comply with it when using third parties to conduct background checks (see Practice Note, Background Checks and References: The Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Use of Third Party Providers (

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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