30 Blog Posts with Tips on Nanny Background Checks
November 14, 2012 | in Nannies
Trusting a relative stranger with the care of the most precious, vulnerable members of your family can be a terrifying prospect, even when the nanny candidate you’re considering seems well-qualified, competent and charming. As the Internet continues to simplify the process of obtaining background information about a job applicant, the pre-employment background check has become par for the course, even for home-based employers. These 30 blog entries discuss every aspect of pre-employment background screening, from the importance of conducting one to the ethical and legal implications of doing so.
Criminal Records Check
Determining whether or not a nanny has a criminal history is often one of the first things parents wish to accomplish after finding a promising candidate. These five blogs discuss pre-employment criminal records searches, pointing out the pros and cons of conducting them.
- Failing to Conduct Criminal Background Checks Is Asking for Trouble
- Criminal Background Checks Valuable But Can Create Employer Liability
- From The Wall Street Journal Online – Nanny Background Checks
- Not All Criminal Records Checks Are Created Equal
- Nanny Background Check-The Answer to Security
Sex Offender Registry Check
The sex offender registry was created in order to help parents make more informed decisions about the people they allow to spend time with their children, but has come under fire for being too harsh. This has created unnecessary problems within the community, and has been vague enough that concerned parents are unable to make much sense of it, instead assuming that everyone on it is a monster. These five blogs discuss the possibility of false information regarding sex offender registries, the best way to use them for pre-employment screening, and what all of the related terms mean.
- Reason.tv: How Sex Offender Registries Fail Us
- 5 Best Ways to Make Sure Your Nanny is Not a Registered Sex Offender
- My Husband Is (Not Really) a Sex Offender
- How to Use a Sex Offender Registry
- Using the Sex Offender Registry
Child Abuse Registry Check
While there is no national child abuse registry, almost all states maintain some semblance of a registry for those that have been suspected or convicted of abuse or willful neglect of a child. In these five blog entries, you’ll find information about how the legal system struggles with a child abuse registry, and how to access the information they contain as part of a pre-employment verification process.
- Morning Edition: Child Abuse Registry
- Kentucky Supreme Court to Consider Fairness of Child-Abuse Registry
- Beyond Background Checks – Perform A Child Abuse Registry Check
- Child Abuse Registry Hits Stumbling Blocks
- Holding Child Abuse Registries to a Higher Standard
Driving Record Check
Whether your nanny will be responsible for transporting your children and allowed use of a family vehicle for work-related errands or not, it’s a good idea to check her driving record. Even if she won’t be regularly transporting your children in a vehicle, the contents of that record can provide insight regarding her respect for traffic laws, level of caution and good judgment.
- Should I Let My Nanny/Babysitter Drive My Children Around? (Guest Post)
- Checking a Babysitter’s Driving Record
- How to Check Your Nanny’s Driving Record
- Five Must Do’s if Your Nanny is Driving Your Children
- Looking for a Nanny – Avoiding the Risks of Hiring an Unsafe Nanny
Keeping Your Background Check Legal
In some cases, the most compelling information a background check turns up is actually protected under the laws governing fair hiring practices or other employment laws. These five blogs tackle the sometimes-sticky realm of background check legality in relation to hiring practices.
- Criminal Background Checks Remain on the EEOC’s Radar
- EEOC Guidance on Using Criminal Records
- EEOC: Be Careful When Conducting Criminal Background Checks
- Social Media Background Checks – 3 Legal Pitfalls
- Illegal Background Checks- Guidelines for Employers
How to Run Background Checks
After determining what a background check entails, how many different types there are, and what is or is not legal, most parents still opt to perform some type of background check on a nanny candidate before hiring her. These five blogs outline the best practices for doing so and offer advice on how to complete the task.
- How to Run a Background Check on Nanny
- How to Protect Your Family Through Babysitter Background Checks
- How to Perform a Background Check on a Nanny
- Nanny Background Check Online: How to do a Nanny Background Check on Someone
- 10 Different Nanny Background Checks You Should Run
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