Kansas Background Checks

Background checks in Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas to verify who you are hiring.

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What Background Checks in Kansas 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 Kansas Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Jayhawk 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 Kansas 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 Kansas.

Background Check Laws Specific to the State of Kansas

Kansas has a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) similar to the federal FCRA that provides basic standards for pre-employment background checks. Kansas law limits some of the information that employers can request in background checks for jobs paying more than $20,000 a year which include the following:

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No bankruptcies more than 14 years before the report
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No suits and judgments more than seven years before the report
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No arrest, indictments, or convictions more than seven years before the report
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No collection accounts or tax liens more than seven years before the report.

Kansas also has specific laws regarding background checks for people who are applying to work in adult care homes, nursing, and home health services. People who have been convicted of murder, rape, and other violent felonies are barred from working in adult care homes or as home health aides in Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) will conduct a criminal history record search on job applicants for a $20 fee.

Criminal background checks in Kansas don’t include records of investigation without charges, traffic violations or ordinance violations, wanted posters or police blotters. The law in Kansas allows employers to ask about prior arrests, but the state’s criminal background check won’t return results of arrests that didn’t lead to criminal convictions. Kansas law also doesn’t support lawsuits based on negligent hiring, so employers can and do conduct criminal and personal history background checks in the employment process.

Statistics on Crime in the State of Kansas

Kansas’ Bureau of Investigation reported that in 2019, the state’s total crime index rate was 5.5% below the state’s 10-year average, but as part of the overall rate, violent crimes were 17.3% over the 10-year average, for an increase of 2.6% between 2018 and 2019. Within violent crimes, in 2019, murders increased 2.4% above the 10-year average in Kansas.

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Kansas recorded 87,008 violent and property crimes in 2019.
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In 2019, Kansas experienced 12,694 violent crimes.
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There were 130 murders in Kansas in 2019.
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Kansans experienced 1,297 rapes, 1,422 violent robberies, and 9,845 assaults.
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8,047 motor vehicles were stolen in Kansas in 2019.
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Kansans experienced 11,277 burglaries in 2019.

Kansas experienced significantly lower rates of murder in 2012, when 91 Kansans were murdered. In 2017, 176 Kansans were murdered, so the 2019 total of 130 murders shows a significant downward trend.

DOT Background Screening Services

Health Street can perform the often tedious work of DOT background checks for you. We will report our findings in a clear background check document stored in a secure online portal with your other driver file records. The report will include:

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Kansas MVR
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Drug and alcohol violations from prior employers from before the Clearinghouse was initiated
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FMCSA Clearinghouse details

You will be able to review this driver background check in the same convenient place where you manage your Kansas criminal background screening, DOT random pool, and driver files.

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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 Kansas 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 Kansas 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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“Article 7 – Fair Credit Reporting.” Kansas Legislature, http://kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/050_000_0000_chapter/050_007_0000_article/050_007_0002_section/050_007_0002_k/
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“Statutes and Regulations for the Licensure and Operation Of Boarding Care Homes.” Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, https://www.kdads.ks.gov/docs/default-source/General-Provider-Pages/provider-statutes-and-regulations/ksa-and-kar-for-adult-care-homes/boarding-care.pdf?sfvrsn=809706ee_2
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“Criminal History Record Search.” Kansas Bureau of Investigation, https://www.kansas.gov/criminalhistory/
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“Article 47 – Criminal History Record Information.” Kansas Legislature, http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/022_000_0000_chapter/022_047_0000_article/022_047_0001_section/022_047_0001_k/
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“Kansas Crime Index 2019.” Kansas Bureau of Investigation, http://www.kansas.gov/kbi/stats/docs/pdf/CrimeIndex2019.pdf