Reference Checking

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Don't take an unnecessary risk. Know who you are hiring. Rochester Chamber's background and reference checking service will give you peace of mind about the qualifications and status of candidates.

Our Fair Credit Reporting Act-compliant interactive ordering system offers easy-to-use data-entry screens, flexible reporting options and process monitoring. You'll gain valuable information to help make better decisions with more efficient hiring practices.

Using an extensive network of court researchers across the United States, as well as access to federal, state, and county criminal record databases, we provide prompt and accurate information to assist you in selecting the best-qualified applicants for your company.

Our system has the capability to obtain a wide range of information, including felony convictions, Department of Motor Vehicle and credit checks, employment background checks, and education verification.

System Features and Benefits:

  • Secure website—with individual logins and passwords
  • Customized reference checking packages
  • Multiple report delivery options
  • Quick turnaround

Reference Checking Services

Rochester Chamber offers a variety of services for checking references on job candidates.

You choose the ones that will be most helpful in making your hiring decisions.

County Criminal (felony/7-yr. search) Check: Reports any felony convictions in the past seven years for the selected county. 

County Criminal (felony/available misdemeanor/7-yr. search) Check: Expands the County Criminal Background Check beyond felony convictions and includes misdemeanor convictions filed, when available, at the county seat. In order to provide this information in New York State, an Office of the Court of Administration Search (OCA) is required. 

Criminal Records CheckPoint (7-yr. criminal search): Broadens the scope of a background check by searching a database collection of public records compiled from courts and law enforcement agencies across the United States. This service is offered as an accessory to the County Criminal Background Check. 

Canadian Province Upper Court (7-yr. criminal search): A criminal search conducted at the Canadian Provincial Court level. There are 13 provinces available: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavet, Ontario, Prince Edward Islands, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. 

Department of Corrections (7-yr. search): Reports records of individuals who have been or are currently incarcerated in a state facility. This service is offered as an accessory to the County Criminal Background Check. Rules and availability vary by state.

Federal District (7-yr. criminal): Records of cases brought by the federal government against an individual for actions in violation of federal laws at the felony and misdemeanor levels. 

Sex Offender Registry: Reports individuals on parole, on probation, or imprisoned for certain sex offenses. Availability and data vary by state.

FBI Sex Offender Registry: Data compiled by the Department of Justice, providing a one-stop search of public sex offender registries of participating states. New York State should be searched as a separate state to ensure all three levels are reported.

Social Security Number Check: Reports information on file about names, addresses, and date of birth that has been associated with the submitted number, confirmation of issuance by the Social Security Administration, if it was issued in the past five years, or if it was issued to someone who has been reported as deceased. 

Department of Motor Vehicles Check: Reports the current status of the candidate's driver's license (valid, suspended, revoked, etc.) and the date and type of any convictions listed on the license.

Current/Past Employment Verification: Reports the dates a candidate worked at a company, the position, basic job performance, and asks whether the candidate is eligible for rehire.

Employment/Professional References: Provides an in-depth interview with approximately 20 questions covering job performance.

Academic Verification: Reports an applicant's degree, major field of study, and date of graduation.

Professional License Credentials Check: Reports current status and expiration date of a state-issued license.

Federal OIG Search: Requested names will be searched against the list of all currently excluded parties designated by the U.S. Department of Health Services Office of Inspector General.

NYS OMIG Search: Requested names will be searched against the list maintained by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General of the state of New York. 

Excluded Parties Search: Requested names will be searched against the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) maintained by the General Services Administration. This list will provide information regarding entities debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, excluded, or disqualified under the non-procurement common rule, or otherwise declared ineligible from receiving federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain federal assistance and benefits. 

OIG/GSA/FDA Search: Searching OIG/GSA and other federal sources, including FDA debarments, DEA restrictions, and TRICARE. This search meets minimum federal requirements as outlined in the OIG's Compliance Program Guidance. 

Sanctions & Debarred Persons Lists: This U.S. Patriot Act compliant search will include a search of more than 120 separate U.S. and foreign sanctions and watch lists, including OFAC. 

Legal Documents

For additional information about the Fair Credit Reporting Act and its addendum, the FACT Act, please explore these links.

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