First Advantage Introduces BackgroundDirect® Small Business Solution

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Easy-To-Use Online Portal Simplifies Background Checks To Build Better Business Outcomes

November 28, 2018 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Advantage, a global leader in background and drug screening solutions, today announced the availability of BackgroundDirect®. Built specifically for small businesses, the online solution streamlines the background check process, providing employers with information to assist them with critical insights needed to support hiring decisions.

Bad hires can cost small businesses upwards of $17,0001 and in some scenarios, ensnare the organization in lengthy, expensive court cases. As many small businesses operate without a dedicated HR department, with the CEO responsible for recruiting, even a single new hire can pose a potential risk. To reduce the possibility of negligent hiring and retention, and enhance workplace safety and compliance, especially in industries such as healthcare and transportation, small businesses can benefit from running background checks on new hires as well as current employees. Until now, this involved lengthy contracts and commitments that many smaller organizations were unable to make.

First Advantage CEO Scott Staples commented, “Given the exorbitant cost associated with making just one bad hire, small businesses require a straightforward approach to background checks for current and potential employees. That’s why First Advantage created BackgroundDirect®, offering these organizations a way to find and hire the right employees quickly and as needed, while mitigating possible risks to their business.”

Using BackgroundDirect®, small businesses can help protect their business, brand and reputation through the online portal, which is both mobile and tablet-friendly. After setting up an account, the business selects from three reporting levels all at set price points, on a need-driven basis. From here, First Advantage runs the reports and shares a comprehensive review of an individual’s credentials, allowing the business to make more informed decisions about its workforce. Fully compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, there is no monthly contract or a minimum number of checks required, with flexible payment options.

BackgroundDirect® is available now at

About First Advantage
First Advantage provides comprehensive background screening, identity and information solutions that give employers and housing providers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage helps customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, First Advantage has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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