Indiana Background Checks

Background checks in Indiana are a widely accepted way to protect businesses from hiring someone with a criminal history that might put your workforce, your customers, or your finances at risk. A criminal background check in Indiana from Health Street is also a great way to protect against hiring job applicants who falsify their resume, lie about their degrees, or otherwise misrepresent themselves on the job application. Companies can even be held liable for negligent hiring if they do not properly vet new hires who later cause harm in the workplace. Conduct background checks with Health Street in the state of Indiana to verify who you are hiring.

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What Background Checks in Indiana 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.

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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 check an applicant’s job history, degrees earned, licnesure, and references. From $39.
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DOT Background Check services include MVR’s and other DOT compliance checks. From $39.

Why Health Street For Indiana Background Checks?

Performing background checks in the Hoosier State involves knowing and following state rules and regulations which may stipulate what information can be taken into account when making hiring decisions. Requirements vary by state.

Performing background checks on your own is risky and can lead you into legal trouble. Hiring a background check company, known as a Credit Reporting Agency or CRA, is highly advisable. A credit reporting agency’s job is to stay abreast of Indiana background check laws. Reputable CRA’s help you avoid pitfalls such as:

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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

The risk of uncovering too much information in a background check is significant. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandate that certain protected information cannot be considered by employers when making hiring decisions. When hiring in Indiana, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in Indiana.

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Banning “Ban the Box”

Currently, 35 states have enacted a “Ban the Box” law, which prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history prior to the initial interview. The purpose of this law is to give individuals a fair chance at employment opportunities.

However, in July of 2017, the state of Indiana took a differing stance. The current laws here do not prohibit employers from checking criminal histories at any time during the interview process, except for Executive Branch positions. Applicants for these positions may not be asked about their criminal history on the initial application. However, background checks may be ordered later in the interview process.

The law also prohibits any county, city, or town jurisdiction from passing their own “Ban the Box” laws. Presumably, this regulation was passed to create uniformity across the state, making the hiring process easier for employers.

Hiring Decisions Based on Criminal Records

While many states also prohibit employers from making adverse hiring decisions based solely on an applicant’s criminal record, this is not the case in Indiana. Employers here are free to do so. They are not required to notify the applicant that the decision not to hire them was made due to their criminal record.

Applicants do have some protection, however. Employers are banned from asking applicants if they have a criminal record that has been restricted or sealed. Applicants may also answer no to the criminal conviction box blank on an application if the only records they have are restricted or sealed.

In addition, job applicants are protected under the Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employers need to familiarize themselves with these rules and follow them carefully as they apply regardless of state rules. This includes the requirement to disclose in writing that a background check is required as a condition of employment and obtain an applicant’s written permission before running a background check.

Types of Criminal Background Checks

In Indiana, there are three different types of criminal background checks:

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Limited Criminal History Search – discloses Class A misdemeanors and felonies
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Expanded Criminal History Check – includes arrest record for all counties throughout Indiana and all out-of-state arrests and charges
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National Full Criminal History Report – an exhaustive search that reveals charges and detailed information regarding cases on both the federal and state level

Many jobs, such as those in the financial, public transportation, childcare, medical, and security industries require a background check. However, any business can request a pre-employment background check as a matter of company policy.

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 Indiana Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

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

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

Citations

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Blevins, Sara R. “Indiana Bans ‘Ban the Box’ But with New Protections for Employers and an Executive Order on ‘Fair Chance Hiring.'” Indianapolis Bar Association, 31 October 2017, https://www.indybar.org/index.cfm?pg=LaborEmploymentNews&blAction=showEntry&blogEntry=6056
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Wiebe, Jamie. “Can I Ask a Job Candidate About Their Criminal History?” Gusto, 1 November 2019, https://gusto.com/blog/hiring/ban-the-box-states
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Guerin, Lisa. “Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Indiana.” Nolo, https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/employer-use-arrest-conviction-records-indiana.html
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“Indiana Employment Background Check Laws.” Eskew Law, 14 June 2018, https://www.eskewlaw.com/indiana-employment-background-check-laws/
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“Fair Credit Reporting Act.” Federal Trade Commission (FTC), https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/statutes/fair-credit-reporting-act
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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), https://www.eeoc.gov/