Background Checks

Cisive Product Highlight: Criminal Background Screening

  • July 19, 2022
  • Jenni Gray
  • Approx. Read Time: 2 Minutes

In this Cisive Product Highlight series, we’ll review key tools to consider when screening your workforce, as well as top benefits and features when ordering them through Cisive and our family of brands.

This month’s highlight is Criminal Background Screening.


What is Criminal Background Screening? Why is it important?

A criminal background check is one of the primary background screens employers choose to run on prospective employees, determining whether they have a criminal record. A criminal background check may show arrests up to seven years ago, incarcerations, both felony and misdemeanor convictions, sex offenses, and various other court judgements. It does not show any records from civil suits, due to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Cisive always conducts a multiple-repository search to capture felony records that may be stored in a separate repository, as they are in more than 50% of the 3,007 counties in the U.S, and includes a third level when municipal courts are appropriate. Cisive also provides access to criminal background screening in 200+ countries.

Cisive’s verification process ensures each criminal report is verified and re-verified up to five times, giving Cisive an impressive 99.9993% accuracy rate.


Criminal Adjudication Matrix

A criminal adjudication matrix is a set of rules or guidelines selected by a company to determine an applicant’s eligibility for employment. Organizations may decide what criminal charges are unacceptable or acceptable, and how far back they want to search. For instance, a financial institution may have a no-tolerance policy for previous criminal convictions related to embezzlement. A transportation company may have a no-tolerance policy for anyone previously convicted of human trafficking.

Criminal adjudication matrices can help organizations avoid discrimination claims by having a set of standards that are applied to all applicants across the board. Employers should ensure that their matrix is current with all local, state, and federal regulations.


Continuous Criminal Monitoring

Continuous criminal monitoring helps employers ensure their employees in the workplace and customers receiving in-home or delivery services remain as safe as possible. Currently, most employers run criminal background checks at time-of-hire, but do not check again during an employee’s tenure.

Cisive’s continuous criminal monitoring solution allows organizations to receive real-time arrest record monitoring on an ongoing basis. These alerts arrive within 60 minutes of criminal arrests and/or convictions. Organizations can place a “watch” on employee lists, receiving automated alerts when an employee is booked into custody, released from custody, or incarcerated for a certain “length of stay.” Sources are updated hourly, and Cisive provides alerts to clients upon validation of arrest, typically within 1-2 days.  


Ban the Box

Ban the Box regulations restrict when an employer may ask a candidate about criminal history. The number of states and communities that support Ban the Box is continuing to grow. These regulations are in place at either the statewide level or the local level. Ban the Box will typically refer to the location where an applicant resides, although there are some cities that defer to the applicant’s place of work.


How can Cisive help?

To learn more about Ban the Box, continuous criminal monitoring, or our other criminal background screening services, contact Cisive. We can help you develop a criminal background screening program that will keep your employees and customers safe, while remaining compliant with all federal, state, and local guidelines.

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