Introductory section provides basic information on background checks, why they are conducted, and
why professional screening companies are used to perform them,
and includes additional reference links to sections that cover the history of screening and describe
differences between various types of background checks (e.g.,
employment, rental tenant, and volunteer) and how they are conducted.
Sterling Talent Solutions
Publications available from this organization include:
Background Screening 101
E-book covers specific aspects of the screening process, with topics covered in individual chapters
including criminal record checks and the use of databases for this purpose, regulatory concerns with
regard to the use of credit reports and criminal records, types of drug tests and the circumstances
in which they are employed, validating applicant resumes, and complying with Form I-9 requirements.
Background Screening Trends & Best Practices Report
Society for Human Resources Management
Conducting Background Investigations and Reference Checks
Customer survey provides insights on current practices in the professional screening industry, with
topics covered including motivations for conducting screening, challenges and barriers associated
with background checks, types of pre-hire and post-hire screening,
types of employees screened, confidence in screening providers and results, and screening outcomes and
perceived legal risks.
Select "Toolkits" from "Resources & Tools"
Article addresses the different approaches used in screening applicants for job openings, with topics
covered including various aspects involved in the investigation process such as verifying eligibility
for employment and checking employment, education, credit, criminal, and driving record history, types
of reference checks and items commonly verified, and legal
challenges in conducting investigations.
Employment Screening Benchmark Report
Select above title from "Resources" drop-down menu
Annual survey of HR professionals explores key issues and trends affecting screening programs and the
policies and practices used in these programs, with various topics covered in the report including most
popular types of background checks performed, non-employee personnel subject to screening (e.g., contract
workers, vendors, and volunteers), and most common methods used for drug testing.
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Pre-Employment Drug and Alcohol Testing
Pocket guide covers various topics related to testing for drug and alcohol abuse, with topics covered
including pre-employment and workplace testing programs, government-mandated testing, impact of foods
and medicines on test results, ways in which subjects try to beat the tests, legal issues in pre- employment
and employee testing programs, and guidance on avoiding false-positive testing results.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national,
state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of
companies, market volume and sales trends, average company
sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up
activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.