Arizona Background Checks

Health Street makes background checks in Arizona easy with a complete array of comprehensive, precise and detailed employment background screenings. Our Arizona background checks start with simple, fast criminal database checks and can be extended for a full view of a person’s history by looking at local and national records, educational records, past jobs,, and more. Arizona background checks ensure you and your workforce are protected from an employee who lies on his or her job application or worse.

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What Background Checks in Arizona does Health Street offer?

Criminal Background Check Packages

Health Street offers various pre-built packages of employment background checks, or you can mix and match individual checks for an entirely customized solution. Our most popular criminal background check packages begin with a Social Security Number Trace and include checks of national criminal databases and/or courthouse record searches.

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National Crime Index
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Sex Offender Registry
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Do Not Fly list
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Everything in Triple Database (above), plus:
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Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)
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Resume Verification services check an applicant’s job history, degrees earned, licnesure, and references. From $39.
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DOT Background Check services include MVR’s and other DOT compliance checks. From $39.

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Why Health Street For Arizona Background Checks?

Performing background checks in the Grand Canyon State involves knowing and following state rules and regulations which may stipulate what information can be taken into account when making hiring decisions. Requirements vary by state.

Performing background checks on your own is risky and can lead you into legal trouble. Hiring a background check company, known as a Credit Reporting Agency or CRA, is highly advisable. A credit reporting agency’s job is to stay abreast of Arizona background check laws. Reputable CRA’s help you avoid pitfalls such as:

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Not uncovering criminal activity
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Revealing too much information, including things that by law cannot be considered during the hiring process

The risk of uncovering too much information in a background check is significant. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandate that certain protected information cannot be considered by employers when making hiring decisions. When hiring in Arizona, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in Arizona.

Ban the Box

Arizona is one of 35 U.S. states to pass “ban the box” laws. The purpose of this law is to give applicants with a criminal history a fair chance of gaining employment. It prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history on an application or at any point prior to the initial interview. If there is no initial interview, then employers may not ask about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer for employment has been made.

It should be noted, however, that in the state of Arizona this law only applies to businesses with more than 15 employees.

Arizona Civil Rights Act

In addition to Federal protections offered by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), job applicants in Arizona are also protected by the Arizona Civil Rights Act. This provides additional guidelines intended to prevent discrimination during the hiring process.

Employers are not prohibited from asking about an applicant’s criminal history or running a background check that includes this information, as long as they follow all guidelines. They’re also allowed to request detailed information, including when and where the crimes took place and the final disposition.

The inquiry must meet the “ban the box” rules listed above and comply with all Federal guidelines, including providing stand-alone disclosures and obtaining the applicant’s written permission prior to running the background check. In addition, the employer must make it clear that information about a criminal conviction won’t automatically result in the denial of their employment.

Arizona Crime Statistics

As an employer, it’s important to make hiring decisions that protect both your customers and your staff. Conducting thorough background checks will help you identify job candidates that have a felony or misdemeanor criminal record.

Here are some relevant crime statistics provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety:

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A violent crime occurs in Arizona every 18 minutes and 30 seconds
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There were a total of 28,522 violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and human trafficking) reported in 2018
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Aggravated assault accounts for the largest percentage of violent crimes, with 18,452 reported in 2018
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Rape accounted for 11% of violent crimes in Arizona
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The most commonly reported crime in Arizona is burglary, with 29,986 cases reported in 2018
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The total value of property stolen in 2018 was $193,018,571; stolen motor vehicles accounted for 40.32% of this total
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Males account for 79.9% of arrests, while females account for the other 20%

DOT Background Screening Services

If you hire truck drivers or other vehicle operators covered by DOT, then you know you have to comply with the Department of Transportation’s FMCSA modality regulations.. To comply with DOT regs, you must:

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Contact previous employers (from before January 2020)
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Review the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for January 2020 and later.
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Run the Arizona Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

These measures ensure that your new hire has a safe Arizona driving record and no drug or alcohol violations in the past three years.

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Resume Review and Verification Checks

When evaluating a job applicant, the first thing a hiring manager tends to look at is their resume. But what if the schools attended, degrees earned, job titles held, and other credentials were embellished, exaggerated, or outright fabricated? Before making that hire, you can rest easy knowing that Health Street can add resume verification to our Arizona background checks.

Resume fraud is unfortunately all too common in Arizona. Our resume verification services provide a definitive check on everything listed on your applicant’s resume. This includes:

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education verification to confirm the degrees and certifications stated.
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employment history to check that they have held the jobs claimed
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professional license verification to confirm they have the certifications required.

Be sure that the person you want to hire is really who they say they are by ordering resume verification services from Health Street.

Citations

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“Ban The Box States 2020.” World Population Review, https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/ban-the-box-states
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“Guide to Pre-Employment Inquires Under the Arizona Civil Rights Act.” Arizona Attorney General, https://www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/Pre-Employment_Inquiries.pdf
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“Crime in Arizona 2018.” Arizona Department of Public Safety, https://www.azdps.gov/sites/default/files/media/Crime%20in%20Arizona%202018.pdf
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“Arizona Crime Statistics.” AZ Defenders, 5 November 2019, https://www.az-defenders.com/arizona-crime-statistics/