Puerto Rico Background Checks

Health Street provides a full range of criminal background checks in Puerto Rico, allowing companies to accurately screen job applicants before hiring. We offer a wide variety of employment screening ranging from a simple criminal database search to comprehensive investigative research of a person’s criminal record, job history, credentials, and references. For quality, professional and timely background screenings, look to Health Street to provide your business with employment background checks in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Background Screening Info

Background Check Laws Specific to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico allows employers to perform criminal background checks and credit checks on people applying for jobs, and current employees. However, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court has ruled that failing to hire a job applicant based on their criminal record could qualify as social-condition discrimination. Employers in Puerto Rico should assess several factors to make employment decisions, not only criminal history.

Puerto Rico does not have a “ban the box” initiative or law. Employers may still ask about job applicant criminal history on employment applications. Puerto Rico employers must comply with the 1970 Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in using background checks for pre-employment screening.

In compliance with this act and Puerto Rico’s Fair Credit Reporting Agencies Act, Puerto Rican employers must get applicant permission to conduct a background check in writing, and must provide a copy of the report they got to the applicant if they do not hire them. If employers consider military service or discharge, bankruptcy, or medical and disability information obtained through background checks and decline to hire qualified applicants, they could be subject to a claim of discrimination.

Statistics on Crime in Puerto Rico

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report of 2018 Crime in the United States, there were 6,417 violent crimes in Puerto Rico in 2018. Puerto Ricans experienced crimes in 2018 that included the following:

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Over 24,850 property crimes were reported in 2018 in Puerto Rico.
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The majority of 2018 property crime in Puerto Rico was larceny or theft, with 15,658 instances reported.
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Over 3,700 cars were stolen in Puerto Rico in 2018.
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A total of 2,271 robberies were committed in Puerto Rico in 2018.
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Puerto Ricans experienced 3,309 aggravated assaults in 2018.
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In 2018, 198 Puerto Ricans were raped.

Puerto Rico’s Police Statistics Division reports that there were 346 murders in the first seven months of 2019, a decrease of 9.2% between 2018 and 2019. Violent assaults decreased by 1.8% between the first seven months of 2019 and 2018, according to Puerto Rico’s Statistics Division. Auto theft increased by 6.7% during the first seven months of 2019, however, although burglaries decreased by 29.8% to 2,438.

The total violent crimes in Puerto Rico increased by 2.1% between the first seven months of 2018 and the same time period in 2019. Puerto Rico’s highest category of violent crime increase between 2018 and 2019 was aggravated assault. There were 1,869 aggravated assaults in Puerto Rico between January and July 2018, while 2,015 incidents occurred during the same time period in 2019, an increase of 7.8%.

What Background Checks in Puerto Rico 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

Why Health Street For Puerto Rico Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Island of Enchantment 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 location. 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 Puerto Rico Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

These measures ensure that your new hire has a safe Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico gives you and your business the protection it deserves and the knowledge that you are hiring honest, qualified candidates.