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What Information Does a Background Check Include?

A background check may include the following: confirmation that the Social Security number you provided matches your name, confirmation of your most recent home addresses, a multi-state criminal history check, a credit check and a driving record check. Usually companies hiring senior caregivers only conduct a social security name match and a multi-state criminal background check. Credit checks and driving record checks are only conducted if the employee will be handling money and driving.

How many years back will a Background Check go?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which governs background checks nationally only allows for a review of the past 7 years. However, individual states may pass laws which require more disclosures. Many states do have different background check requirements when employees will be working with children or seniors. This is why you need to review your individual state law to know what will be included in your background check.

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Illinois State Law

Abide by the Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U. S. C. § 1661 et seq. and the following state ruling:
(20 ILCS 2635/7 (A) (1) (2) (from ch. 38, par. 1607) – Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act
The following provisions shall apply to requests submitted pursuant to this Act for employment or licensing purposes or submitted to comply with the provisions of subsection (B) of this Section: (1) A requester shall, in the form and manner prescribed by the Department (Illinois Department of State Police), submit a request to the Department, and maintain on file for at least 2 years a release signed by the individual to whom the information request pertains. The Department shall furnish the requester with a copy of its response. (2) Each requester of conviction information furnished by the Department shall provide the individual named in the request with a copy of the response furnished by the Department. Within 7 working days of receipt of such copy, the individual shall have the obligation and responsibility to notify the requester if the information is inaccurate or incomplete.