South Dakota Background Checks

Health Street’s line of background checks in South Dakota delivers fast, meticulously researched data on an applicant’s criminal history, references, education and employment. We pride ourselves on providing what employers need to inform their decisions about the people they hire. South Dakota employment background checks give companies the assurance that their new hires have been fully vetted and won’t pose a risk. Verify if someone is being honest with you before you hire them – with South Dakota background checks from Health Street.

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Background Screening Info for South Dakota

South Dakota’s Background Check Laws

The laws regarding an employer’s right to conduct background checks on an employee are very lenient in South Dakota. While some states have “ban the box” laws that prohibit an employer from asking about criminal history before an initial interview, this law does not exist in South Dakota. Employers can ask about arrests or convictions at any time and can use this information to make employment decisions. There are also no state laws regulating an employer’s use of credit checks.

However, it’s important to note that employees and job applicants are protected under federal anti-discrimination laws, which are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In addition, the South Dakota State Human Rights Division warns against making employment decisions based on an applicant’s conviction, arrest, or court record if it’s not “substantially related to the functions of the job.” For this reason, employers should be careful about the decisions they make using this information.

Crime in South Dakota

According to the most recent report issued by the state’s Office of Attorney General, titled “Crime in South Dakota 2018,” there were a total of 75,955 criminal offenses and 45,142 arrests in the state from January to December 2018. “Group A” offenses are serious crimes against “person, property, or society.” These offenses decreased by 3.19% from 2017 to 2018. “Group B” offenses are considered less serious. This category of crime increased by 2.94% from 2017 to 2018.

In addition, the following statistics were reported:

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There were 20 homicides reported in 2017 and 12 in 2018. This represents a 40% year-over-year decrease.
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There were 467 forcible rapes reported in 2017 and 490 in 2018. This is an increase of 4.93%.
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In the last six years, the number of burglaries reported decreased by 18.81%.
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In the last six years, the number of drug arrests increased by 49.3%.
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There were 8.75% fewer DUI arrests in 2018 than there were in 2017.

Major Industries in South Dakota

South Dakota is the fourth-smallest state by gross domestic product (GDP), putting out about $52 billion dollars a year. The major industries supporting the state are:

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Agriculture, fishing, and forestry – South Dakota is a large-scale producer of soybeans, flaxseed, wheat, corn, rye, and alfalfa. It’s also a leader in cattle rearing and the production of high-quality wool.
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Mining and power – the state is a producer of gold, gravel, cement, sand, and hydroelectric power.
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Manufacturing – South Dakota manufactures computers, electronics, wood products, food, and light machinery. It’s also known for its dairy and meat processing plants and flour milling facilities.
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Services and Labor – much of the state’s labor force is employed in the service sector. This includes health care centers, banks, insurance agencies, and other service providers.

What Background Checks in South Dakota 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 South Dakota Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Coyote State 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 South Dakota Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

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

Citations

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“50-State Comparison: Criminal Record in Employment & Licensing.” Restoration of Rights Project, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, https://ccresourcecenter.org/state-restoration-profiles/50-state-comparisoncomparison-of-criminal-records-in-licensing-and-employment/
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“State Laws Regarding Background Checks/Credit Checks/Reference Checks.” Employment Law Alliance, https://www.ela.law/Templates/media/files/Members%20Only%20Documents/50-state-survey-background-credit_checks.doc
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“Human Rights Commission.” South Dakota Dept. of Labor & Regulation, https://dlr.sd.gov/human_rights/commission.aspx
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“Crime in South Dakota 2018.” Office of Attorney General, Division of Criminal Investigation, Criminal Statistics Analysis Center, https://atg.sd.gov/docs/SAC2018CSD%20black%20and%20white.pdf
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Kiprop, Victor. “What Are The Biggest Industries In South Dakota.” World Atlas, 17 September 2019, https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-are-the-biggest-industries-in-south-dakota.html