Ways to obtain a person's employment status range from checking provided references to contacting regulatory bodies. The latter option is appropriate if an individual has received a license or special training to work. Examples of such workers include lawyers and nurses.
Although past employers may not be permitted to give extensive details about a person's history at a company, they can usually confirm whether someone is a current employee. Credit reports can also reveal if a person is working, since they usually contain employment data. Social media websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn might also have details about a person's employment status.