Idaho Background Checks

Health Street’s comprehensive range of criminal background checks in Idaho offers employers a thorough view of a job applicant’s records and resume. Whether you are looking for a basic criminal database search or an in-depth dive into court records, employment history, education degrees, credentials, references and more, Health Street’s Idaho background checks get you the information that you need to make decisions that protect your staff, business and yourself. Background checks in Idaho from Health Street are fast, easy, and informative.

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What Background Checks in Idaho 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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National Crime Index
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Sex Offender Registry
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Do Not Fly list
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Everything in Triple Database (above), plus:
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Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)
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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 Idaho Background Checks?

Health Street combines industry knowledge, a committment to accuracy, and a spirit of fairness when performing background checks in the Gem State. Comprehensive employment screenings keep you and your business from stumbling into legal problems. A thorough background screening is essential to confirming that your new hires in Idaho are qualified and honest.

Health Street’s combination of high tech and high touch make background checks in Idaho fast and reliable. We offer simple, secure web technology matched with local court runners to protect your company.

Due diligence is critical. Poorly performed background checks can expose you in the following ways:

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Not uncovering a past criminal record.
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Revealing personal or excess information that cannot, by Idaho employment law, be taken into account.

In either case, you could be held legally liable. It is critical that you stay in commpliance with local labor laws. Let Health Street’s experts conduct your background checks in Idaho so you’ll know that your candidates have been fully and properly vetted before hire.

Background Check Laws Specific to the State of Idaho

Background check laws in Idaho have the potential to change dramatically with the passage of a new bill through the State Senate. In early 2020, Senator Cheri Buckner-Webb presented the new Fair Chance Employment Bill, which is a type of ban-the-box legislation which would prohibit employers within the state from asking applicants about their criminal records until the applicant is further along in the interview process, or a conditional offer of employment has been made.

The bill has been in discussion for two years and was presented to the Idaho State Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee in February 2020 with strong community and industry support. However, it still has to pass through the full House and Senate and receive the governor’s signature before it becomes law.

As of now, most background check decisions are made based on guidance found in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as decisions made by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These laws limit the scope of a background check to seven years.

Additionally, Idaho employers must follow guidelines set out by the Idaho Human Rights Commission, which have been included as part of the Idaho Department of Labor’s guide to lawful applications and interviews. Their guidance states “a fair opportunity should be given to applicants to prove their merit even though they may have a police record. Each case must be weighed on its own merits.”

Based on this guidance, as well as the pending Fair Chance Employment Bill, employers should be aware that statewide attitudes towards background checks are changing. It’s important to ensure that all employment-related background checks are conducted in accordance with current guidance and best practices.

Relevant Statistics on Crime in the State of Idaho

Idaho is a relatively safe and quiet state, with a lower overall rate of violent crime than the national average.

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Idaho sees only 227 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 population, compared to the 381 per 100,000 national average.
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In 2019, 4,154 violent crime offenses were reported in Idaho.
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38 hate crimes were reported in the state in 2019, a 46.15% increase from 2018.
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Property crime decreased by 11.13% from 2018 to 2019 to a total of 36,722 incidents.
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28 murders were reported in Idaho in 2019.
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Almost 2,000 non-consensual sex offenses were perpetrated in Idaho in 2019, which includes 636 counts of rape.

DOT Background Screening Services

If your business hires truck drivers, DOT regulations require that you reach out to prior employers as well as check the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for violations. You also need to run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) to ensure that your drivers have a clean, safe driving record.

Health Street takes this work off of your hands and stores your Idaho background checks securely in the same convenient online portal where you can manage your DOT drug testing and random pool. We contact prior employers, check the Clearinghouse on your behalf, and report it all back to you in a comprehensive background check report, that includes:

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Conducting historical research of Idaho driving record
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Contacting prior employers from before the Clearinghouse began in January 2020.
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Checking the FMCSA Clearinghouse for drug and alcohol violations reported on or after January

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

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Citations

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Russell, Betsy Z. “Idaho Senate panel unanimously backs Sen. Buckner-Webb’s ‘ban the box’ bill.” KTVB 7, 18 February 2020, https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/capitol-watch/idaho-ban-the-box-bill-criminal-record-employment/277-fe808dee-5a6e-404a-b4a1-31e6257b5480
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“Fair Credit Reporting Act.” 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1681x. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/statutes/fair-credit-reporting-act
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“FAQ Friday—What questions shouldn’t be asked in a job interview?” Idaho Department of Labor, https://idahoatwork.com/2013/11/15/faq-friday-what-questions-shouldnt-be-asked-in-a-job-interview/
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“A guide to lawful applications and interview.” Idaho Department of Labor, https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Portals/0/Publications/GuidetoLawful.pdf
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“Explore Violent Crimes in Idaho – 2019 Annual Report. America’s Health Rankings, https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Crime/state/ID
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“2019 Idaho Statewide Crime Profile.” Idaho.gov, https://nibrs.isp.idaho.gov/CrimeInIdaho/Publication/Active/Sections/2.%20Statewide%20Crime%20Profile.pdf