Connecticut Background Checks
Health Street’s line of background checks in Connecticut 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. Connecticut 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 Connecticut background checks from Health Street.
Background Screening in Connecticut
Background Check Laws Specific to the State of Connecticut
Connecticut has had a “ban-the-box” law in place since January 1, 2017. The law states that employers, no matter how large or small they are, can’t ask job applicants about criminal history on their initial job application. Employers are allowed to ask applicants about criminal history after the initial job application, including during job interviews, or if they are going to make a conditional job offer.
There are exceptions to Connecticut’s “ban-the-box” law. First, Connecticut employers can ask about criminal history if they are required to by federal or state law. They can also inquire about criminal history if they are hiring for a job that requires a fidelity or security bond, and involves access to large sums of money.
Connecticut employers are barred from denying employment to applicants who have criminal records that have been expunged or erased following a certificate of rehabilitation or a pardon. Criminal history background checks in Connecticut also must be complete, accurate, and up to date. Background check providers must keep records of reports they produce, and who they provide them for during the employment process.
Connecticut specifies that school and child care providers must conduct criminal background checks prior to hiring employees. The state’s Judicial Branch Law Libraries also maintains a complete web resource with information about Connecticut’s laws about criminal records and background checks.
Statistics on Crime in the State of Connecticut
Connecticut maintains statistics on crime within the state in accordance with the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system of the Department of Justice. According to the state’s UCR report, Connecticut residents experienced 71,883 crimes in 2017, a 2% decrease over 2016.
Connecticut experienced 8,186 violent crimes in 2017 including:
Handguns were used in 30 of the state’s murders. In 14 incidents, the murder weapon was a knife, and in one, a shotgun. The remaining murders were committed using other or unclassified weapons. A car was used in one of the state’s murders in 2017, and asphyxiation played a role in two other murder cases. Connecticut’s murder rate was 2.93 per 100,000 in 2017, significantly less than the national rate of 5.31 per 100,000.
Out of Connecticut’s 105 murders, 23 resulted from arguments, 2 were quarrels between partners (“Lover’s Quarrel”), and 48 resulted from unknown causes. Two children were murdered in Connecticut in 2017, and 10 people were murdered by strangers.
What Background Checks in Connecticut 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.
Why Health Street For Connecticut Background Checks?
Criminal background check in the Nutmeg 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:
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 .
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:
These measures ensure that your new hire has a safe Connecticut driving record and no drug or alcohol violations in the past three years.
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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut gives you and your business the protection it deserves and the knowledge that you are hiring honest, qualified candidates.