Oregon Background Checks

Health Street makes background checks in Oregon easy with a complete array of comprehensive, precise and detailed employment background screenings. Our Oregon 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. Oregon 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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Background Screening Info For Oregon

Ban the Box Law

There was a time when most job applications included a checkbox asking if the applicant had ever been convicted of a crime. Today, Oregon is one of 35 states that has adopted what’s known as a “ban the box” law.

This law prohibits employers from asking a job applicant about their criminal history until after the initial interview. If employers do not conduct an interview, then they may not make this request until after they’ve made a conditional offer for employment. The city of Portland has stricter requirements. Here, the question of criminal history cannot be raised until after the conditional offer has been made.

The purpose of this law is to remove some of the barriers to employment faced by many ex-offenders. It also helps to minimize the possibility of systematic discrimination.

Employers may let candidates know that a criminal background check will be run prior to making their final hiring decision. However, they may not automatically disqualify any candidate that has a criminal record. Instead, the employer must make a “good faith decision” regarding whether the crime committed should disqualify the applicant. This decision may be based on factors such as the amount of time that has passed since the offense, the nature and gravity of the offense, and the nature of the job.

Pay Equity Law

It’s often in an employer’s best interest to confirm that an applicant’s resume is accurate. This helps ensure that they’ve been honest and that have the experience they claim to have. Therefore, it is acceptable to run a background check to verify a job applicant’s employment history. However, under Oregon’s Pay Equity Law, this report must not include wage or salary information.

Employers also may not ask employees about their wage or salary history during the interview process. This helps to ensure that employers don’t base a new hire’s pay solely on their current or past compensation. Employers are also prohibited from discriminating against job applicants who are not currently employed.

An applicant may choose to disclose their past salary information on their own accord during the interview process. However, employers are still prohibited from using this information to decide whether to continue with the hiring process or to determine the wage or salary they will offer to the candidate. It’s also acceptable for an employer to ask a candidate about their preferred salary, as long as they don’t ask for a history of past wages.

Employers may confirm a candidate’s salary history only after they’ve made a conditional offer for employment, which includes the compensation offer.

What Background Checks in Oregon Does Health Street offer?

Criminal Background Check Packages

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.

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Everything in Triple Database Package (above) plus Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)
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Everything in Platinum Package (above) plus a 10 panel drug test.
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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 services to check a person’s job history, degrees, and references starting at $39
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DOT Background Check and driver screening services to ensure DOT compliance starting at $39

City Background Checks

For information regarding background checks in a specific city, click the relevant link below:

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Why Health Street For Oregon Background Checks?

Health Street combines industry knowledge, a commitment to accuracy, and a spirit of fairness when performing background checks in the Beaver State. Comprehensive employment screenings keep you and your business from stumbling into legal problems. A thorough background screening is essential to confirming that your new hires in are qualified and honest.

Health Street’s combination of high tech and high touch make background checks in fast and reliable. We offer simple, secure web technology matched with local court runners to protect your company.

Due diligence is critical. Poorly performed background checks can expose you in the following ways:

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Not uncovering a past criminal record.
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Revealing personal or excess information that cannot, by employment law, be taken into account.

In either case, you could be held legally liable. It is critical that you stay in compliance with local labor laws. Let Health Street’s experts conduct your background checks in New Mexico so you’ll know that your candidates have been fully and properly vetted before hire.

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DOT Background Screening Services

If your business hires truck drivers, DOT regulations require that you reach out to prior employers as well as check the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for violations. You also need to run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) to ensure that your drivers have a clean, safe driving record.

Health Street takes this work off of your hands and stores your Oregon background checks securely in the same convenient online portal where you can manage your DOT drug testing and random pool. We contact prior employers, check the Clearinghouse on your behalf, and report it all back to you in a comprehensive background check report, that includes:

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Conducting historical research of Oregon driving record.
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Contacting prior employers from before the Clearinghouse began in January 2020.

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Resume Review and Verification Checks

Education verification and reference checks are also critical to the pre-employment background checks in Oregon. Employers should also verify an applicant’s resume, confirming their: account_balance

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Calling all of the schools and employers on a person’s resume to confirm if your applicant is telling the truth could take hours. Fortunately, Health Street can easily handle your Oregon resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.

Citations

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Guerin, Lisa. “Oregon Law on Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Hiring.” NOLO, https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/oregon-law-employer-use-arrest-conviction-records-hiring.html
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“Hiring discrimination and “Ban the Box.” Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries, https://www.oregon.gov/boli/workers/Pages/hiring-discrimination.aspx
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“Equal Pay.” Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries, https://www.oregon.gov/boli/workers/pages/equal-pay.aspx