International Vs. Global Screening - Which Applies To You?

Robert Capwell

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For many, the terms “international” and “global” are used synonymously when referencing something outside of the United States (U.S).  In regards to background screening, these terms have two very distinct and different meanings.

“International Screening” refers to the process of conducting a background check on an candidate who will be hired and based in the U.S., and some component of the background check requires information in another country.  Hiring an individual that is not documented or does not have the legal right to work in the U.S. could place an employer in a very risky and expensive situation, especially if caught. When a candidate is being hired in the U.S., the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) prevails as a regulatory and compliance guideline.

“Global Screening” refers to a candidate being hired and based outside of the U.S.  Background screening is not generally accepted in all countries; some countries do not view screening as a common practice or even culturally acceptable. Screening laws, regulatory requirements and privacy regulations need to be followed within the country in which the candidate would be employed.

Employers may encounter the need for international and global screening on a more regular basis. The U.S. census conducted in 2000 discovered that over 11.1% of Americans were actually born overseas (the 2010 census information is estimated to be higher).  It is estimated that 11.5 million illegal immigrants currently live in the U.S.

Specializing in domestic, international and global background screening, Employment Background Investigations (EBI) can provide a full range of legally compliant services around the world, such as employment, contractor and vendor screening, compliance consulting, best practice design and enhanced due diligence services.  EBI has the expertise and resources to help any employer meet their screening needs in a cost-effective compliant manner.  No matter where your background screening needs lie – the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East or virtually anywhere across the world – EBI is your One Global Solution servicing over 200 countries.

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Robert Capwell

Posted By: Robert Capwell

EBI’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Robert E. Capwell, is considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with over 22 years of experience in the field. Mr. Capwell was a contributing author of the second edition of the ASIS Pre-employment Background Screening Guidelines and has written numerous articles and whitepapers for various publications including a periodic column on background screening for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Online. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and several HR-related publications. Mr. Capwell speaks regularly to industry colleagues and HR Professionals both nationally and internationally.

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