Boston Background Checks

Whether you're looking for a full criminal background screening or just to perform a background check in one database, Health Street has background check options for any company in Boston. Our employee background screenings help you thoroughly screen your candidates, save valuable time in the process, and avoid legal trouble.

Registering for a background check in Boston is easy. Simply register online, or by calling us at (617) 863-9118. If this is the first time that your company has ordered a background screening through Health Street, then we will send you an agreement via email. The person being screened will also receive a waiver to be signed electronically, which allows us to automatically begin the background screening as soon as the waiver has been signed.

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Boston MA Background Check

Massachusetts Modifies "Ban the Box" Law

In October of 2018, the state of Massachusetts made some significant changes to its rules regarding employment background checks. According to Proskauer Law Firm, which provides services to clients in Boston and several other major cities worldwide, the new rules added more restrictions on the ways employers can use criminal history information when making hiring decisions.

The "Ban the Box" law, which was first enacted in Mass. in 2010, prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant's criminal record on the initial written application. The law also prohibits employers from asking about certain criminal records during any phase of the application process.

The new rules limit the time period for disclosing misdemeanor convictions, prohibit employers from asking about criminal records that have been expunged or sealed, and require employers to provide a specific disclosure to applicants when asking for criminal record information.

Statistics About Crime in the City of Boston

While crime rates have been spiking nationally, in the city of Boston, they continue to fall. Consider the following statistics recently released by BPD'S Boston Regional Intelligence Center:

"Part One" violent crimes in the city are down 17% year-to-year and are also mostly significantly below the five-year average
By July of 2021, there had been 20 homicides in the city for the year. This is eight fewer than the same time the previous year and 13 fewer than the five-year average.
Through July of 2021, there had been 113 shootings, which is down from 141 in 2020
There were a total of 334 gun-related arrests by July of 2021, which is a significant increase from 263 at the same time in 2020

14 Massachusetts Police Officers Discharged for Conduct Violations

A recent report by the Boston Herald found that between 2020 and 2021, a total of 14 Massachusetts State Police Troopers were dishonorably discharged for offenses ranging from accusations of domestic violence to failing to report a stolen gun.

The department's current commander Col. Christopher Mason had been appointed to clean up the organization after several scandals. However, Dennis Galvin, who is president of the Massachusetts Association for Professional Law Enforcement and a retired police officer, says the department is "a mess." He suggests that better hiring and background check policies could have helped to avoid this situation.

What Types of Background Screenings Does Health Street Offer in Boston?

Criminal Background Screening Packages

Our criminal background checks for Boston always begin with a Social Security Number Trace. We offer the option to build your own package or select from one of our popular background check packages below.

Platinum Background Package - $175

The Platinum Background Package includes everything listed in the Triple Database package, plus Court Record Package (State and/or County level).

Build Your Own

This package can be mixed and matched to meet your needs, including options from our criminal database checks, resume verifications, sanctions, and drug testing. The price will be determined by the combination of services selected.

Additional Background Screening Services

Our DOT screening services or resume verification can help you save valuable time and ensure that your candidates meet the requirements for the job.

Resume Verification

Beginning at $39, our Resume Verification can be used to check a person's work history, credentials or certifications, and references.

DOT Background Check

The price of this option depends on which of the background check services is selected. We offer a variety of DOT Background Check, including Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) Check checks and DOT Prior Employment Drug Test History.

Why Order a Background Check

Why Are Background Checks in Boston Important?

The safety of your employees and reputation of your company may be at risk if the wrong candidate is hired. Background screenings can help you identify important information that may determine whether someone is qualified for the job. As with any city, ordering a background screening in Boston is a critical step to making sure you hire the best person for the job.

Why Choose Health Street For Boston Background Checks?

Health Street has over a decade of experience with performing background checks in Boston. Laws and regulations are different depending on the location, so performing a background check independently can be risky. We are here to help employers in Boston avoid the risk of legally uncovering too much information during the hiring process, save time and money, and assist in hiring the best candidates for the job.

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