Background Investigation Policy

Our Background Investigation Policy applies to all new hires, and to any current employee transferring into a position that requires a job specific check (eg valid drivers license). If a candidate/employee has not started in the position for which they were hired within six months of completion of the original background check, a new background check must be completed. Union Pacific has the right to change this policy at any time.

Union Pacific has a keen interest in the safety of its employees. The Background Investigation Policy establishes guidelines for a uniform and objective approach for considering your past record as part of the decision to offer employment. This investigation takes place after you have been offered a job, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results. Falsification of any information provided in the employment application is grounds for immediate dismissal.

SEARCH ELEMENT TO BE CHECKEDGUIDELINES
Social Security Number VerificationApplicant's name must correspond to their Social Security Number and date of birth.
Criminal HistoryA criminal background check will be conducted after an offer of employment is made. The results of that check will be individually assessed, based on the nature of the crime, the time that has passed, and the job applied for.
Employment History & VerificationPrior three-year employment history and/or prior three employers, whichever covers the greater period of time, may be verified depending on the position you applied for.
Education VerificationAll attendance, degrees, and completion dates for education at the high school diploma/GED-level and above may be verified.
Professional License or Certification VerificationProfessional licenses and/or certifications considered to be relevant to the position for which you have applied may be verified.
Military History VerificationIf applicable, you will be asked to upload a copy of your DD-214 Discharge Form at the time of accepting a job offer. If you are unable to do so, you will be allowed a maximum of 14 days to provide DD-214 for review. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your job offer.
Driver's License Record HistoryA motor vehicle report will be reviewed in instances where driving is an essential job function. Not having an acceptable driving record may result in the loss of job offer.
Credit HistoryCredit history checks are limited to situations where there is a clear business necessity for the check (for example, if you are applying for a position that involves the handling or transferring of company funds). Previous seven-year history will be checked.

Notice of Intent to Procure Consumer Reports: Offers of employment with the Union Pacific Railroad Company are contingent upon the completion of a thorough background investigation which may include the applicant's past employment, education, criminal history, military history, driving history, credit history, and other job-related activities. As part of the background investigation, "consumer reports" and "investigative consumer reports", as those terms are defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. 1681a, may be obtained for employment purposes. By signing the application for employment with the Union Pacific Railroad Company, you are authorizing the procurement of such consumer reports.

A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act: For a summary of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act please go to the Federal Trade Commission's web site.

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