One of the primary reasons why an employer might decide to use a website rather than hiring a consumer reporting agency is the cost of a CRA. The reason for the cost is that you’ll receive a much more thorough background check on potential employees. In fact, it might end up costing you more to not hire a CRA than hiring one. Here are some of the reasons why it’s more cost effective to pay for CRA background checks.
It Will Cost More If An Employee Lies
A CRA background check will provide the most thorough check possible, much more thorough than an online check. If you don’t complete a thorough check, you could end up missing something that could end up being detrimental to the business. This might include a new employee stealing from the company, driving the company car drunk, or engaging in workplace violence. Hiring professionals to complete a thorough check will eliminate these risks and ensure that you don’t end up hiring the wrong person.
Ensure Requirements Are Met
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is designed to protect employees when a background check is performed. There are certain requirements that must be met, including informing the employee a background check will be performed and allowing them to dispute the findings. If you don’t receive the proper permission before performing the check, it could result in some trouble for you and your business. This could end up costing you more money than you would’ve paid to have a professional complete the check within the FCRA guidelines.
Access to National Criminal Information Computer (NCIC) System
One of the big differences between a professional screening company and completing the screening yourself is the thoroughness of the check. A screening company has access to the National Criminal Information Computer (NCIC) system. This allows them to access more information than you would be able to access through a website, which doesn’t have access to the system. This will ensure that you’ll get more accurate information so that you can avoid hiring the wrong person or someone that might cause your business trouble.
Some businesses might attempt to complete background checks as cheaply as possible. However, this could result in spending more money as you might hire the wrong person or fail to meet federal requirements. These are some of the reasons why it will cost you less to pay for CRA background checks.