Renting out an owned property is a popular way to monetize any real estate investments, and as long as you have good tenants it can be a reliable source of income. Large property management companies typically screen prospective tenants as a matter of course, but smaller and private owners tend to be less formal about…

With one in four Americans now carrying a criminal record according to statistics from the Charles Koch Institute, a full quarter of the country’s eligible workforce may be seeing their opportunities to work and earn a living limited by the results that turn up during a pre-employment check. Since unemployment is at its lowest in…

The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) provides a statewide criminal history record search (CHRS) for a nominal fee of $95.00. This means anyone can request a background check on an individual or an organization, without having to use the services of a background screening company. It’s worth noting, however, that if you’re…

An estimated 65 million Americans or 25% of working age citizens have some form of criminal record. Statistics show 92% of employers now conduct a criminal background check, at least for some positions, and many would love to be able to run a check on every candidate they consider hiring for a job. While recruiters…

There is a plethora of companies in today’s background screening industry. A quick Google search of the term “ professional background check company ” generates over 7 million hits! These results range from honest reliable companies to others that will charge anywhere from $20-$50 dollars for an “instant national criminal search”. Their claim is that…

If there’s one aspect of prospective employees that is most likely to make would-be employers think twice, it’s probably the criminal record check. It’s only natural to view people differently when you discover that they have a less than squeaky clean history, to rethink your opinion of that once perfect candidate. However, while you can…

In many cases, if a criminal record has been expunged, you will never know that it existed at all. While the rules vary from state to state, unless you are hiring for a government position, a position as a teacher or in a corrections facility, and unless the candidate tells you about their expungement, you…

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