California requires prior written approval by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Electronic Workers' Compensation Data Division (EDEX). Your pre-employment screening agent must be able to provide the required forms.
Workers' employment screening compensation search is not available in: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
So criminal records (if thoroughly investigated) and history of worker's compensation can be very helpful. What types of public information might be useful in investigating suspicious claims? There are many categories of notes and searches that can be mentioned. Here are a few to consider:
– You can research civil complaints online through the websites of most countries. A list of county web sites and good telephone numbers is available at the Background Check Gateway.
– Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites. Did your candidate post a photo of himself surfing in Malibu while collecting disabilities?
– Did you know that in Google Groups you can search for someone's posts to newsgroups (which currently have thousands and thousands) going back year after year? But many people don't know their posts are public information that can be easily tracked with their name or email address.