FAQs

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FAQs

 

  1. What is CAUSE Certification?
    1. The most trusted resource for finding and hiring safe workers.  We saw a need for background screening standards to be set so that companies don’t have to guess which screens are most important.  We set a minimum criteria list for all CAUSE Certified companies and provide a comparison matrix for them to know how to best place their employees.  In order to maintain Certification, employees, contractors, and subcontractors must be screened annually. 
  2. Who is a good candidate for CAUSE Certification?
    1. Any company sending employees, contractors, or subcontractors into homes or to work with vulnerable populations
    2. Any individual looking to set themselves apart 
    3. Anyone who volunteers.  Organizations typically (and should) require background screens for volunteers. If you’ve already received your annual Certification, you’re set.
  3. How do I find Certified Workers?
    1. by searching here.
  4. What is negligent hiring?
    1. Negligent hiring means that the employer knew or should have known that the employee was unfit for a particular job, hired him anyway, and the employee engaged in a violent act.
  5. Aren’t National Background Checks the gold standard for screening?
    1. “National Background Checks” don’t include every county in every state. When it comes to protecting your business and your clients, be thorough! 
  6. I use a referral service that says they screen employees. I’m safe, right?
    1. Well, it’s crucial to dig a little and discover which screens are conducted, how often they’re conducted, and who is actually screened.  Often times, screens are not conducted annually or they are only performed on the principal of the company rather than the employees coming into your home.
  7. Who screens the employees who are CAUSE Certified?
    1. We partner with background screening companies that we know are doing their due diligence.  Service providers or individuals are then able to choose from our list of preferred providers.  CAUSE does NOT actually run the screens.
  8. What are the CAUSE Certified Guidelines?
    1. SSN Trace
      1. Validates distinct aspects of a Social Security Number and immediately provides:
        1. State of SSN Issuance
        2. Year of Issuance
        3. That the SSN has not been reported to the SSA as belonging to a deceased individual
    2. Address Trace
      1. Includes information on an applicant’s past addresses and movement patterns based on name and social security number. Report should include names associated with the provided social security number and addresses applicant has lived for the past seven years. Additional items may include dates at listed addresses, age/date of birth, and available phone information.

    3. County Level Criminal Check
      1. Direct search of up to date records held within local county courts (or if outside of US – local jurisdictional courthouse in that region) to determine if applicant has a record. Records should be searched for past seven years in counties (jurisdictions) applicant has lived, worked or attended school. All names revealed in Address Trace relating to applicant should be searched. These searches can be performed directly with Courts or through current database searches.
    4. Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Database
      1. Search of an industry instant nationwide criminal records database containing millions of records from participating states. The search must also include information from the following sources: Department of Corrections records, FBI terrorist list and Federal/State/Local Wanted Fugitive Lists.
    5. National/State Sex Offender Registry
      1. The National Sex Offender Public Registry Website – coordinated by the Department of Justice – the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the identity and location of known sex offenders. This search may be combined with Multi-jurisdictional/”National” Criminal Database search if record are included in that specific search.