Mississippi Background Checks

Health Street's line of background checks in Mississippi delivers fast, meticulously researched data on an applicant’s criminal history, references, education and employment. We pride ourselves on providing what employers need to inform their decisions about the people they hire. Mississippi employment background checks give companies the assurance that their new hires have been fully vetted and won’t pose a risk. Verify if someone is being honest with you before you hire them - with Mississippi background checks from Health Street.

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What Background Checks in Mississippi 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 Mississippi Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Magnolia 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

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Mississippi Background Check Laws

Employers in Mississippi are required to follow federal and state laws when it comes to background checks for the safety of your business and to protect the rights of employees.

Mississippi is not a “ban-the-box” state, meaning as an employer, you can ask about the applicant’s past criminal record on the job application.

As far as Mississippi is concerned, there are currently no state laws in place when it comes to background checks. Mississippi does, however, require you to follow all federal laws. As an employer, this means you are able to dig a little deeper into an applicant’s history when looking into credit history, criminal history, driving records, educational background, and employment history, as long as you remain under federal laws.

Federal laws are put in place to protect all employees and applicants from discrimination. It is illegal to make hiring, firing, and promoting decisions based on sex, age, race, color, disability, etc. These discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Federal law also makes you responsible for informing the applicant that you will be obtaining certain information (such as criminal background records) and getting written permission to do so. This is part of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which is regulated by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC).

Mississippi Statistics on Crime

Knowing the facts on crime in Mississippi can help you when making decisions on how to perform your background checks.

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Violent and property crimes have been on the decline in Mississippi since 2014.
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In 2018, theft and larceny in Mississippi have declined to 1,561.2 from 1,872.1 in 2017.
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Mississippi’s safest city is known to be Madison, having the least amount of violent crimes and property crimes in the state.
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In 2017, Madison had 11 reports of violent crime out of its 26,339 residents. That is a violent crime rate of .42 per 1,000 residents. In 2018, the violent crime rate was .7 per 1,000.
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The city of Brandon, which had a population of 24,125 in 2017, follows behind Madison as the second safest city in Mississippi. Brandon’s crime rate was 1.12 per 1,000 residents the same year. In 2018, the violent crime rate was 1.24 per 1,000.
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Brandon had the lowest property crime rate in the state with 7.7 acts of property crime per 1,000 residents.
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The other three cities that made the list for the top 5 safest cities in Mississippi are Clinton, Horn Lake, and Southhaven.

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

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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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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“Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know.” U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/background-checks-what-employers-need-know#:~:text=It’s%20illegal%20to%20check%20the,age%20(40%20or%20older).
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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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“Mississippi Crime Rates 1960-2018.” The Disaster Center, http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/mscrimn.htm
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“2018 Crime in the United States.” Uniform Crime Reporting Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/topic-pages/violent-crime?_ga=2.153479100.562691535.1598110266-243499083.1597881187
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“Safest Cities in Mississippi.” The National Council for Home Safety and Security, 19 January 2020, https://www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-mississippi/
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Vicory, Justin. “This Mississippi city was ranked the safest in the state. Is your city in the top 10?” Mississippi Clarion Ledger, 1 April 2019, https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2019/04/11/what-is-the-safest-city-in-mississippi-city-ranked-state-report-madison-brandon/3427855002/
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Edwards, Rebecca. “Mississippi’s 5 Safest Cities of 2020.” SafeWise, 5 August 2020, https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-mississippi/?_ga=2.8069428.706795870.1598282583-1161086390.1598282582