Massachusetts Background Checks

As a leader in the background check industry, Health Street delivers a full range of options through our Massachusetts background check packages. Our pre-employment background checks in Massachusetts put you in full control of who you hire. Our comprehensive approach allows us to scan criminal databases, check courthouse records, and verify work and education histories. Partner with Health Street and know exactly who you hire with our background checks in Massachusetts

What Background Checks in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Background Checks?

Performing background checks in the Bay 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Laws Regarding Criminal Records

In Massachusetts, any employer who does more than five background checks per year is required by law to have a written “criminal record information policy” in place. They must also provide a copy of this policy to any applicant who requests it. This applies to both credit checks and criminal background checks.

The state also has a “ban the box” policy. This makes it illegal for employers to ask about an applicant’s criminal record on the initial application. If the employer asks about criminal records during future interactions (ex. during an interview) they may not ask about:

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Arrests that didn’t lead to a conviction
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First-time convictions for offenses including simple assault, drunkenness, speeding, disturbing the peace, or minor traffic violations
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Misdemeanor convictions more than 5 years old (unless the applicant has another conviction that occurred within the past 5 years)

Before asking about criminal history, the employer must also:

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Provide a copy of the written criminal record information policy
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Inform the applicant that they don’t have to disclose a record that’s been sealed

If the employer decides not to offer the applicant a job or takes any other adverse actions based on the results of the background check, they must provide the applicant with a copy of the background check results that led to this decision.

Credit Report Background Checks

Depending on the industry, some employers are equally concerned with an applicant’s credit. Applicants are protected under state laws that prohibit credit reporting agencies from reporting bankruptcies that have a date of judgment that is more than 14 years old and criminal records that are more than 7 years old.

If an employer decides not to hire the applicant or takes any other adverse actions based on the credit report, they must notify the applicant of the decision within 10 days. This notification must be written in 10-point or larger font and include the credit reporting agency’s name, address, and toll-free phone number. It must also include language that informs the applicants of his or her rights regarding the credit report.

Pay Equity Rules

In an effort to further pay equality, the state of Massachusetts also prohibits screening job applicants based on their prior salary, wages, or benefits. Employers may not require applicants to disclose their salary, wage, or benefit history as a condition of being hired or being considered for an offer of employment. There are some exceptions to this rule, but they are rare.

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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Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts criminal background screening, DOT random pool, and driver files.

Resume Review and Verification Checks

When evaluating a job applicant, the first thing a hiring manager tends to look at is their resume. But what if the schools attended, degrees earned, job titles held, and other credentials were embellished, exaggerated, or outright fabricated? Before making that hire, you can rest easy knowing that Health Street can add resume verification to our Massachusetts background checks.

Resume fraud is unfortunately all too common in Massachusetts. Our resume verification services provide a definitive check on everything listed on your applicant’s resume. This includes:

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education verification to confirm the degrees and certifications stated.
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employment history to check that they have held the jobs claimed
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professional license verification to confirm they have the certifications required.

Be sure that the person you want to hire is really who they say they are by ordering resume verification services from Health Street.

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Citations

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“Massachusetts Background Check Laws.” GoodHire, https://www.goodhire.com/background-check-laws/massachusetts/
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“Chapter 177: An Act to Establish Pay Equity.” The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter177
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“Massachusetts Law on Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records.” NOLO, https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/massachusetts-law-employer-use-arrest-conviction-records.html