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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Background Checks

    Background checks need to be done for all persons working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. They must be updated every two year. Below are several web based programs to use.

    • Over 20 years of experience
    • More than 5,000 active clients
    • A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau
    • Member, National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)
    • Certified by multiple independent parties focused on data security and privacy

    Trusted Employees provides a comprehensive range of applicant screening and verification services that are scalable, customizable and can be integrated with applicant tracking systems.

    To become a Trusted Employee customer, please utilize the following link: http://go.trustedemployees.com/uny-umc

    Our current insurance provider, Brotherhood Mutual, also suggests the following background check providers:

    SafeMinistry Solutions offers a 360 safe ministry solution that includes comprehensive background screening options for volunteers and employees, automated reference checks, ArrestAlert real-time notifications, church volunteer management, virtual learning for volunteers and staff on violence prevention, child abuse and informed intuition, and Safety Abuse Faith Environments (SAFE) assessments. Check out SafeMinistry Solutions to determine what services best fit your ministry's needs.

    C4 Operations strives to make your hiring and background screening process easier. It offers customized packages, provides 24/7 support, and performs live searches of county criminal records. Watch a video or schedule a demo on C4 Operations' website.

    Protect My Ministry is another reputable provider of background screening services. The company specializes in helping ministries implement and maintain a thorough background screening program for employees, staff, and volunteers. Check out Protect My Ministry online to learn more.

    Source: https://www.brotherhoodmutual.com/resources/background-screening/screening-options/

    IMPORTANT: Before conducting a background check, a disclosure release form must be signed by the applicant and the applicant must be provided with a document detailing rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Both documents are available under the “Resources” tab when you log in to your Trusted Employees account. Trusted Employees also offers “Apply Now” Online Background Authorization where applicants can fill out the disclosure form online through “Invite Applicant.” Information is available under the “Tools” tab on the Trusted Employees website. 

    NOTE ON CONDUCTING COUNTY CRIMINAL SEARCHES IN NEW YORK STATE: If you run a county criminal check in certain counties, there will be a fee of $65 for counties that are considered “inaccessible.” Please note, this is an additional charge and not included in the package price. The NY Criminal Comprehensive is not included in your package price, but you will be given the option of ordering it for applicable counties. Trusted Employees will contact you to confirm whether or not you would like order this additional product. For a list of New York State counties and their corresponding court fees, click here.


    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."