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How to interpret your employment history report.

For links to official HPI and HPE instructions -- and HPAA member tips -- on employment and salary verification, go to: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif  (Updated Nov 7, 2017.)

How to interpret your report from The Work Number.

The format of the report is standard for the many companies that use that service, but is confusing when you look at your own report.

Two pieces of pay information are reported by The Work Number -- neither of which may match your actual pay:

1. "Hourly" field: The last pay level you had when employed by HP. That amount multiplied by 2080 (the nominal number of working hours per year) yields your annual pay rate. For sales-related jobs, the hourly rate includes base pay plus target earnings. This is the primary field used by Work Number customers to determine your pay.

2. "Pay" field: Taken from Box 1 from your most recent W-2 as reported to the IRS. In general, this amount includes all income (base pay, commission, bonus, etc.) minus all pre-tax deductions (401k, employee stock purchase, etc.) However, this is from the most recent W-2 -- which may be an amended W-2 or one issued years after you left -- covering options, deferred compensation, or other transactions that don't reflect your normal pay.  

Your personal copy of a Work Number report -- as with the free annual credit report -- also lists the organizations that have requested your data in the last two years. As with the credit report, you may find that financial institutions -- and companies that work for them, such as Andera and Equifax -- checked your employment history when you opened a new account or when they renewed or increased the limit on your credit card. The information on inquiries is provided only to you.

You may find that HP reports your hire date as the date you joined a company that HP acquired -- or as the date you originally joined an IT department that was subsequently taken over by  EDS or HP through an outsourcing contract. 

Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org  Do not send employment verification requests to us -- we are not part of HP! 

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