Does Bellhops Perform Background Checks?
Yes, Bellhops does background checks on everyone who applies to become a mover or “bellhop.” However, Bellhops does not provide any information about the background check process on its website, meaning that people interested in applying are left in the dark until they actually begin the application or “onboarding” process.
Fortunately, an article on gigworker.com provides some extra insight into the background check process. According to this account, applicants must first provide their Social Security Numbers, review and acknowledge their rights under the FCRA. The next step is to review the terms of disclosure indicating which information Bellhops intends to collect, and the final step is to authorize the background check by providing an electronic signature.
As we mentioned above, Bellhops requires applicants to review their rights under the FCRA. These rights include: the right to be informed if information from a background check has been used against you; the right to know what was in the background check report; and the right to contest inaccurate or outdated information.
Although state laws may vary, federal law excludes information about arrests that occurred more than seven years ago from background check reports. However, there is a caveat; this information is not excluded if the yearly salary for the position you are seeking is more than $75,000. There is no time limit for conviction records.
Finally, if Bellhops uses another company to run background checks, it must have your written consent first.
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Bellhops and the Gig Economy
Founded in 2011 and originally known as Campus Bellhops , the company now operates a digital platform (website and app)that allows users in need of help with local or long distance moves, or with the simple relocation of a few belongings , to connect with bellhops who can help. Specifically, it allows users to schedule their moving services online, get support, and meet the “bellhops” who will facilitate the move before it happens. Users can also leave reviews, make payments and tip the bellhops online.
Bellhop also encourages people to become drivers and movers by promoting the opportunity to work independently and make a significant amount of money.
How Much They Promise You Can Earn
Bellhops and drivers are independent contractors. This means that they don’t actually work for Bellhop. Instead, Bellhop allows them to use the platform to secure jobs. With that being stated, Bellhop nevertheless maintains that movers can make as much as $21 per hour. Bellhops does not specify how much its drivers can make on its website.
How Do I Qualify To Work For Bellhops?
To be a bellhop or mover , you must be 18 or older, be able to lift 100 pounds, have a smartphone and be responsible for your own transportation. As we have already noted, you must be able to pass an online background check (administered at no cost to you), complete an interview and have a valid bank account.
To be a driver , you must be at least 18, have a clean driving record, and be qualified to drive a large vehicle.
And they’ll also run a background check on you….
What are my Background Check Disclosure and Consent Rights?
You have a right to know if an employer will use information from a background check against you and an employer cannot obtain background check information without your express written consent.
A background check company cannot hand over your information to an employer unless the employer certifies that: (1) it has “clearly and conspicuously” disclosed to you in a separate document that it may obtain a background check; (2) you have authorized it to get the background check; and (3) it will provide you with advance notice of any adverse action based in any part on the background check report, a copy of the report, and a summary of your rights under the FCRA.
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Bellhops Background Check Complaints
To date there does not appear to be any actual or anecdotal evidence pertaining to applicants who were rejected or movers who were fired as result of information gathered in Bellhops background check reports. But this doesn’t mean that it hasn’t, can’t or won’t happen, so it is important to know what to do if this happens to you.
You Received A Pre-Adverse Action Notice From Bellhops. What Are Your Legal Rights?
By law, anyone who uses the information in a background check report to screen job applicants must let any applicant know when they didn’t get the based on the information in the report.
This means you have a right to see what is in the background check. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may also be able to sue the company that requested the background check and rejected your application, or the company that issued the background check report
Your Right to an Accurate and Legally-Compliant Report From Bellhops
A background check company must take reasonable steps to ensure its report is as accurate as possible.
The FCRA also puts limits on the negative information a background check report can include. A report cannot list civil suits, judgments, arrest records, paid tax liens, accounts in collection or most other negative information (except criminal convictions) after 7 years, or bankruptcies after 10 years. It also cannot list expunged convictions
Your Right to Dispute an Unfair Background Check Report from Bellhops
If you don’t get a job because of information on your background check report, you are entitled to a copy of the report. You also have the right to dispute the report if it has errors or includes information it shouldn’t.
If you dispute your report, the background check company must investigate and correct any errors within 30 days.
Were You Harmed By False Information or Errors In Your Bellhops Background Check Report?
Often, whether you get hired or promoted depends on the information gleaned from an employment background check. A background check can come in many shapes and sizes. It may be as simple as verifying your social security number. Or it may include a detailed report of your credit and criminal history, or even information gathered from interviews of your friends and neighbors about your character and reputation.
Whatever the scope of the background check, the FCRA sets strict standards for how employers background check companies get consent for and conduct background checks, and what they can do with the information they find.
If a background check commissioned by Bellhops fails to meet those standards, the FCRA affords you a number of rights.
Your Right to File A Lawsuit Against Bellhops if your report includes inaccurate or illegal info
If you lost out on a Bellhops job or were suspended or fired because a background check report included inaccurate or illegal information, you may be able to sue in federal court. If you sue and win, you may be entitled to your actual damages or statutory damages up to $1,000, plus punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and court costs.
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