Alaska Background Checks

Health Street makes background checks in Alaska easy with a complete array of comprehensive, precise and detailed employment background screenings. Our Alaska 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. Alaska 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 Alaska does Health Street offer?

Health Street’s criminal background check packages always start with a Social Security Number Trace. From there, you can add specific background checks, choose from one of our most popular packages, or build your own.

Court Record Package

(starting at $99)

Search the Court Record Repository at the state or county level. This background check is an investigation of court records in the counties or states that a person has used their Social Security Number.

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Platinum Background Check Package

(starting at $175)

Includes:
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Everything in Triple Database Package plus Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)
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Ultimate Package

(starting at $250)

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Everything in Platinum Package plus a 10 panel drug test.
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Build Your Own Package

(prices vary)

Mix and match a variety of our background screening services to create your perfect package. This can include criminal database checks, sanctions, resume verifications, and drug testing.

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Resume Verification

(starting at $39)

Check a person’s job history, degrees, references, and certifications.

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DOT Background Check

(starting at $39)

Ensure DOT compliance with our driver screening services.

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Why Health Street For Alaska Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Last Frontier must be done in accordance with state law. There are very specific requirements that companies must follow in order to perform a legally compliant background check, and it varies by state. Health Street’s understanding of local laws combined with advanced technologies help keep you in compliance with background check laws.

A Credit Reporting Agency, or CRA, should do more than just checking a public database on your behalf. Running background checks present a pair of equally troublesome risks:

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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

If you receive information from your CRA that you are not permitted to include in your hiring decision, you can run afoul of laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). On the flip side, if you miss a critical criminal record, it can be even more devastating. For these reasons, it’s critically important to work with a CRA with experience performing comprehensive employment background checks in .

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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 Alaska Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

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

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Resume Review and Verification Checks

Sometimes, the job candidate who seems to be most qualified is lying on his or her resume. In fact, it is quite common for people to misrepresent their education, degrees earned, and work history in order to qualify for a job that they otherwise would not obtain. An unqualified employee—especially one who forges aspects of their experience—creates serious risks for business leaders and HR executives.

Health Street’s background checks in Alaska can verify a person’s resume, confirming the information that they have provided to you about their education, employment history, professional licensure, and degrees earned. We can even check references. Including these options on your background check in Alaska gives you and your business the protection it deserves and the knowledge that you are hiring honest, qualified candidates.

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Background Check Laws Specific to the State of Alaska

Although it’s separated from the contiguous United States by Canada, Alaska is still governed by the same federal laws and legislation as the other 49 states. This includes all policies related to hiring and the background checks that employers can use to keep their company and its stakeholders safe.

All background checks in Alaska are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which requires that all employers who are conducting a background check on a current or future employee to get their consent in writing. The FCRA also specifies that information related to criminal activity on the background check may not go back further than 7 years.

In Alaska, the legislation AK Stat § 12.62.160 (2014) further specifies that all criminal justice background check information “may be provided to a person for any purpose, except that information may not be released if the information is nonconviction information or correctional treatment information.” This should be enough information for hiring managers to see whether a crime was committed and if it has any effect on the potential hire’s suitability for the job in question.

No ban-the-box legislation has been passed in Alaska as of 2020, so employers may choose to ask questions about the applicant’s criminal history at any point in the hiring process. As long as they follow the above statute, as well as the FCRA, they can choose to ask questions about criminal history as early as the initial application.

Statistics on Crime in the State of Alaska

Alaska is a sparsely populated state, with the majority of residents clustered in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. Despite this fact, there is still a notable amount of crime in the state.

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On average, one violent crime is committed every hour in Alaska.
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In 2018, there were 47 murders committed in Alaska. That’s quite a few less than in 2017, which saw a total of 62 murders committed statewide.
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1,188 incidents of rape were reported in 2018.
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16,327 incidents of larceny-theft were committed in Alaska in 2018, which marks a significant decrease from the last two years prior, which each had around 17,600 cases.
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127 acts of arson were committed in 2018 in Alaska. For a state with so much natural beauty that can be destroyed by fire, this is a particularly grievous crime.
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The total crime rate decreased by 4.6% between 2017 and 2018.

Citations

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“Fair Credit Reporting Act.” Federal Trade Commission, https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/statutes/fair-credit-reporting-act
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“2014 Alaska Statutes, AK Stat § 12.62.160 (2014), Release and use of criminal justice information; fees.” Justia, https://law.justia.com/codes/alaska/2014/title-12/chapter-12.62/article-01/section-12.62.160
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“Crime in Alaska 2018.” Uniform Crime Reporting Program. State of Alaska Department of Public Safety, September 2019, https://dps.alaska.gov/getmedia/cedaeccd-674a-476a-a6fd-db16a609c15e/Crime-in-Alaska-2018