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March 27, 2006
ADP: Nearly Half of Background Checks Turn Up Inconsistency

Among the more than 4.8 million background checks ADP Screening and Selection Services conducted last year, 49 percent of the education, employment, and credential verifications had an inconsistency between what the applicants provided and what the source reported, the company said.

Six percent of the information differences were received with negative remarks from the source in regard to the applicant.

ADP said of the criminal background checks it conducted, 5 percent revealed a criminal record in the last seven years. Among the completed driving record checks, 24 percent had one or more violations or convictions, the company said. Five percent had four or more.

Forty-six percent of the completed credit report checks showed a judgment, lien or bankruptcy, or had been reported to a collection agency. Eight percent of the workers' compensation checks revealed an existing claim.

ADP Screening and Selection Services is part of ADP Employer Services (ES), a division of ADP, Inc. The company said employers asked it to conduct 12 percent more background checks in 2005 than they did in 2004.

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