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Background screenings get a helping hand in Maine

Mar 19, 2011 Matt Roesly

One of the most important aspects of any job application process is a thorough background screening. While a candidate can seem like the perfect fit on the surface, it may turn out that the person has a checkered past, filled with convictions for crimes like identity theft or worse. Thanks to new technology, there are more ways than ever to complete this process faster.
 In some states, the government has set up resources for employers to use that make the search of public records easier. In a recent announcement, Maine's Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that they were teaming up to create the One Stop Background Check. The new site will bring together criminal history records, driver history records and the records of sex offenders all in one place instead of forcing employers and others hoping to find out more information about a person to search on separate sites. The director of the state's bureau of identification, Matt Ruel, said that the new system would allow people to get information without having to search through multiple portals to find complete data on a person of interest. "Consolidating the services into one search and report will make the background check process more convenient for employers," Ruel. "People still have the option to look up records through separate online services, but with the One Stop Background Check, they only need to enter search information once and will receive a complete report." Clarissa Hurley, online services branch manager for the bureau of motor vehicles, was similarly enthusiastic about the new site. In a statement, she said that users would be able to rely on the added accuracy and timeliness of the data they receive. Users will be able to get access to the service after paying the statutory fees normally charged for records and a $10 premium service fee for the added convenience. Some employers have been badly burned for not properly investigating the background of employees. The Bangor Daily News reports that Bernadette Beal was sentenced to eight months behind bars for embezzling $30,000 from the union she worked for.