Hawaii Background Checks
What Background Checks in Hawaii does Health Street offer?
Criminal Background Check Packages
Health Street offers various pre-built packages of employment background checks, or you can mix and match individual checks for an entirely customized solution. Our most popular criminal background check packages begin with a Social Security Number Trace and include checks of national criminal databases and/or courthouse record searches.
Why Health Street For Hawaii Background Checks?
Criminal background check in the Aloha 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii.
Background Check Laws that Safeguard Employers in the State of Hawaii
One of the issues that many employers have with background check legislation is that it can change frequently. Hawaii was the first state to enact ban-the-box legislation in 1998, and since then legislation like December 2018’s federal First Step Act has impacted how both public and private employers in the Aloha State hire and promote their staff.
As per Hawaii’s Fair Chance Law (the formal name of their state-wide ban-the-box law), employers may only conduct a background check on an applicant after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. If a past criminal conviction appears on their record, employers should carefully consider whether “the conviction record bears a rational relationship to duties and responsibilities of that position” before withdrawing their offer of employment.
Prior to the passage of this law, employers were able to consider arrests as well as court records in their decision-making process. Now, convictions that have occurred within the last 10 years are the only records that employers can consider during a background check. If the conviction resulted in a period of incarceration, the time spent in incarceration may still be considered by the employer if it’s within the 10 year period – even if the actual conviction falls outside of this period.
While private employers may choose not to conduct background checks during the hiring process, Hawaii’s state law mandates background checks before employment can commence when the applicant is working in a school, in a financial institution, or in security.
Statistics on Crime in the State of Hawaii
Despite Hawaii’s laid-back attitude and culture of sun, sand, and surf, there are still violent crimes occurring every day across the islands. It’s important to secure a reliable background check on new hires to ensure that your business safeguards its workers, and is protected from liability.
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 Hawaii driving record and no drug or alcohol violations in the past three years.
Resume Verification Services
Education verification and reference checks are also critical to the pre-employment background checks in Hawaii. Employers should also verify an applicant’s resume, confirming their:
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 Hawaii resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.