SOURCE: USIS

April 03, 2007 17:18 ET

USIS Commercial Services Launches ID Verify: Employers Are Secure in the Knowledge That a Prospective Employee Is Who They Say They Are

TULSA, OK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 3, 2007 -- USIS, a leader in employment screening, drug testing, and insurance services, and the largest provider of security investigations to the U.S. government, has launched a valuable new product for employers who want to know that a prospective employee is who they claim to be. ID Verify, a pre-employment screening service offered by USIS' commercial services business based in Tulsa, Okla., uses a specialized scoring system that provides employers a way to validate the identity of prospective employees.

Verifying that a prospective employee is who they claim they are is a crucial step in the hiring process. This is a challenge considering:

--  HR and hiring experts report that people applying for jobs using false
    personal information to cover up an unfavorable past is on the rise.
--  Approximately 30 percent of business failures can be attributed to
    poor hiring practices, which means that an inaccurate background check
    during the hiring process carries a high cost to employers.
--  Annual losses generated by poor hiring choices, absenteeism, drug
    abuse, and theft average $75 billion across the U.S. economy every year.
    
ID Verify helps employers validate the identity of job applicants, and this screening solution provides employers with data from a number of sources and databases that confirm name, Social Security number, date of birth, driver's license and/or phone number. The data are "scored" and summed to provide a total composite number for the applicant. High scores mean that an applicant is most likely who they say they are, and low scores signal the need for further investigation of the applicant's identity.

"ID Verify is a quick, cost-effective way for employers to ensure that applicants are not concealing a false identity, which could result in financial loss due to theft or fraud," says Stephanie Watts, associate product manager for USIS' commercial services business. "For companies that hire employees to fill high-risk positions, such as hazmat haulers, airline pilots, and water/waste facility workers, it is especially important that they validate an employee's identity."

Verifying an applicant's identity is just one aspect of an employment screening package. The most comprehensive solution in employment screening is to combine ID Verify with additional background screening services offered by USIS' commercial services business, such as criminal history reports, employment and education verifications, drug testing, and other products that assist more than 33,000 customers across the U.S. in the transportation, retail, healthcare, insurance, gaming, manufacturing and financial services industries.

Established in 1996, USIS (www.usis.com) is a worldwide provider of a broad range of client services in background and pre-employment screenings and investigations, security, and related professional training and staffing services to commercial industry, federal agencies, and national institutions. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., USIS employs more than 7,000 associates that support business operations in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and overseas.

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