Georgia Background Checks

Health Street's line of background checks in Georgia 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. Georgia 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 Georgia background checks from Health Street.

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Why Health Street For Georgia Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Peach 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 Georgia 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 a past criminal record.
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Revealing excess information that cannot, by law, be factored into 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 Georgia.

Background Check Laws Specific to the State of Georgia

Georgia does not have a “ban-the-box” law similar to other states, but it does provide some restrictions on how employers may use criminal history background checks in making employment decisions. Georgia state law permits employers to access state criminal records as long as they have the applicant’s written consent or copy of fingerprints.

In Georgia, employers are barred from considering probation following a conviction on a first criminal offense as a criminal conviction. They may not, by Georgia state law, disqualify a job applicant based on a first-time criminal conviction and successfully completed probation.

If employers in Georgia conduct a criminal background check and decline to hire an applicant based on the results of the check, they must disclose all of the background check information they obtained to the applicant. They must also explain in writing how the information affected their hiring decision.

Employers in Georgia must comply with the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which states they must get written consent of applicants before they conduct a background check. They must also abide by the provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. If an applicant is protected under the Act, employers may not adopt “blanket” policies of disqualifying applicants with criminal records, which on later review, have the effect of showing racial discrimination in addition to criteria based on a criminal history.

Statistics on Crime in the State of Georgia

Georgia uses the U.S. Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system to document and report on crimes committed in the state. Georgia’s most recent complete annual UCR crime report covers 2017.

Violent crime statistics for Georgia in 2017 include:

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701 murders
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2,684 rapes
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9,878 robberies
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23,258 aggravated assaults

Georgia’s 2017 crime report showed a total of 291,715 incidents of property crimes. The crime totals included:

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53,930 burglaries
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210,997 larcenies
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25,870 motor vehicle thefts
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918 instances of arson

The Atlanta metropolitan area is the largest population area in Georgia, with a total of 5.8 million residents as of 2017. Atlanta accounted for 392 of the state’s murders in 2017, and 1,515 of the state’s rapes. Georgia’s metropolitan areas, which include urban and suburban communities, accounted for 85.4% of the total crime in the state according to the state’s 2017 UCR report. Rural Georgia experienced 14.6% of the state’s crimes in 2017.

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 Georgia Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

These measures ensure that your new hire has a safe Georgia driving record and no drug or alcohol violations in the past three years.

Credential Verification

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 Georgia 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 Georgia gives you and your business the protection it deserves and the knowledge that you are hiring honest, qualified candidates.

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“Georgia Laws on Employer Use of Conviction and Arrest Records.” Nolo, https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/georgia-laws-employer-use-conviction-arrest-records.html
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“Obtaining Criminal History Record Information Frequently Asked Questions.” Georgia Bureau of Investigation, https://gbi.georgia.gov/services/obtaining-criminal-history-record-information-frequently-asked-questions
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“Crime Statistics.” Georgia Bureau of Investigation, https://gbi.georgia.gov/services/crime-statistics