Anybody that has been around for awhile and likes to know what kind of “consumer reports” a prospective employer runs on you before hiring you knows that it aint just your credit report.
It started out as Marine Index Bureau. Then switched names to Pretiem Services. Then again to HireCheck. Now they are First Advantage.
Funny thing was though is that mariners and other civil privacy advocates have been up their butts every step of the way.
Everytime they changed names they seemed to “lose” some information or kind of whitewash what they did have.
You used to get the dreaded “no rehire” from a former employer and that did not look good when applying to a new one.
I always added the “hundred word statement” so i didn’t have to explain myself during an interview. My side was right next to theirs, in black and white.
They don’t ask or tell even that any more.
Talking to an HR guy here recently it sounds like privacy act advocates have cracked down on them so much that it has to be “public record” for it to get reported on the old “MIB”.
So unless you get a settlement, sue, or do anything else that creates a public and not a medical record then you stay under the radar.
I am not sure about Jones act settlements or maintenance and cure.
Waiting to find that one out first hand.
Even if i do get maintenace and cure as long as I never sue it should not be a problem.
If there was a record of me suing I would never work for a Jones Act employer again.
Hats off to the ACLU and Privacy Advocates. Keep up the good work and continue to make MIB no more.
Employers might as well just run generic internet background checks.