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Why You Should Care About Accreditation

An accredited background check is vital to hiring. Less than 2% of the thousands of consumer reporting agencies you could partner with are accredited. That means that 98% of background check companies are under no obligation to provide you with information that is accurate. These companies don’t have certifications that protect your company’s interests or your employee’s rights—Leaving you liable.

Each year, U.S. employers request millions of background checks. And each year, improper background check practices result in thousands of FCRA lawsuits and millions owed by employers.

Accreditation is an important seal of approval to look for because it offers unbiased validation that we are actually doing what we promise. The best way to ensure an accurate and efficient onboarding process is to work with an accredited screening company.

What is NAPBS Accreditation?NAPBS Accreditation Seal

NAPBS Accreditation means consumer protection, a commitment to best practices, and compliance with state and federal laws.

This seal of approval comes from The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Governed by a strict and thorough set of professional standards and requirements, this program is the widely recognized seal of approval. Having NAPBS accreditation recognizes an employment screening organization’s commitment to achieving excellence through high standards.

To qualify, consumer reporting agencies must pass rigorous onsite audits of their policies and procedures. The accreditation process is a demanding and labor-intensive exercise in patience, perseverance, organizational efficiency, and attention to detail—that is why many background screening companies don’t bother.

If you have compliant practices, then an NAPBS accredited company is for you.

Why is Accreditation Important?

A screening company’s NAPBS accreditation shows more than just organizational integrity. It shows the ongoing commitment to protect the interests of your company and the rights of your employee.

NAPBS Accredited background screeners have proven expertise, a positive compliance history, and systems in place to align with current State and Federal regulations. The background screening company must show a documented understanding of, and compliance with, all federal and state laws that pertain to hiring decisions.

Imagine what could happen if you partnered with a non-accredited screening company to perform a background check on one of your employees. That screening company might give you information connect to a different individual with the same name. This bad information could lead to the loss of a great hire or could even leave your business liable.

How Does It Benefit Your Business?

Employers need to know that while there are many ways to perform a background check, some of these ways are a waste of time and resources—so some companies could take advantage of you.

A quick Internet search for “background check” will produce many companies. Be wary of claims to provide a “free” or “immediate” background check on anyone in the country. Sometimes companies perform searches with limited or incomplete records, using sources that are available to the public. The information that you get from these companies may not be very reliable.

Not all background checks are the same. Working with an NAPBS accredited firm translates into higher quality background checks, better customer service, stronger client education, and less risk for your hiring decisions, as well as supporting your commitment to minimizing risk in the workplace.

How Do You Know If a Company Is Accredited?

Be sure to ask your employment screening partner about their accreditation status. You can also look for the seal on their website.


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Peopletrail Achieves Background Screening Credentialing Council Re-Accreditation

Peopletrail® – a leading background check and employment screening company – has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and is recognized as BSCC-Accredited. Also known in the industry as NAPBS accreditation, this credential represents a small group of consumer reporting agencies (CRA’s) that have demonstrated compliance and are committed to industry best practices.

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NAPBS Accreditation Peopletrail announced today it has successfully demonstrated continued compliance with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) and is recognized as BSCC-Accredited.

BSCC accreditation, also referred to in the industry as being NAPBS accredited, represents a small percentage of consumer reporting agencies (CRA’s) that have demonstrated compliance and have committed to holding themselves to the highest standards in the industry. Each year, U.S. employers, organizations and governmental agencies request millions of consumer reports to assist with critical business decisions involving background screening. Background screening reports, which are categorized as consumer reports are currently regulated at both the federal and state level.

“Peopletrail is dedicated to providing customized products and services to our clients that deliver the highest levels of accuracy and help keep them compliant in each of their own various environments. Peopletrail is committed to accreditation through NAPBS and we are pleased that we have re-certified our BSCC accreditation which provides an added layer of assurance to our clients that they have a partnership with Peopletrail they can trust,” stated Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail.

NAPBS accreditation is a demanding structure of requirements that places full accountability on the CRA. The BSCC oversees the application process and is the governing accreditation body that validates the background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence. To become accredited, CRA’s must pass a rigorous onsite audit, conducted by an independent auditing firm, of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas: consumer protection, legal compliance, client education, product standards, service standards, and general business practices.

Additional information on the standards, policies and procedures and measurements of NAPBS/BSCC accreditation can be found at www.napbs.com.

Customers can learn more about Peopletrail and schedule a complimentary consultation by visiting the company’s website at Peopletrail.com or by calling the company directly at 866.223.8823.

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail is a leading provider of custom employment, tenant and drug screening solutions, criminal background checks, ATS integrations, and corporate security services.

As part of the accredited elite, only Peopletrail combines superior customer service through dedicated Account Managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results. Trusted and respected by government agencies and Fortune 500 to small up-and-coming businesses, Peopletrail provides actionable insight you trust.

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Peopletrail Announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Peopletrail–a leading background check and screening solution provider–announces its certification for compliance with the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008. This certification further illustrates Peopletrail’s dedication to industry certification and accreditation and providing trusted, award-winning, quality service to each of its valued clients.

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Peopletrail announced today its certification for compliance with the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality. This certification adds to the many other layers of accreditation and compliance that Peopletrail achieves each year in its unwavering commitment to provide award-winning, quality service to each of its valued clients. Less than 1% of background screening companies have achieved such a level of certification and accreditation as that demonstrated by Peopletrail.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental international organization that assists in implementing and auditing a quality management system for an organization. ISO specifies requirements when an organization: a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. (www.iso.org) Peopletrail has met all the criteria from the in-depth ISO standard audit and no non-conformities were found.

“We are pleased to have achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification. Peopletrail is dedicated to provide certified, accredited and trusted background screening services to each of our valued clients. This added layer of certification builds upon our NAPBS accreditation and our unwavering focus placed on compliance, technology integration, and providing the human touch to every report, management decision and client relationship,” stated Wallace Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail. “This certification and our many other layers of regulatory achievements serve as a reflection of our 99.7% customer retention rate and our recent ranking in HRO Today’s Bakers Dozen list recognizing background check and screening firms that excel in the quality and overall customer service they provide to their customers.”

Peopletrail is embracing the charge to establish the highest standards of operation in the background check and screening industry. The Company regularly reviews the stringent quality control procedures and policies established from its commitment to the NAPBS and ISO organizations.   Each employee is regularly evaluated and required to adhere to the internal quality control procedures as established by ISO and NAPBS.

Customers can learn more about Peopletrail and schedule a complimentary consultation by visiting the company’s website at Peopletrail.com or by calling the company directly at 866.223.6623

 

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail is a leading provider of custom employment, tenant and drug screening solutions, criminal background checks, ATS integrations, and corporate security services.

As part of the accredited elite, only Peopletrail combines superior customer service through dedicated Account Managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results. Trusted and respected by government agencies and Fortune 500 to small up-and-coming businesses, Peopletrail provides actionable insight you trust.