North Carolina Background Checks

North Carolina background checks are a proven way of verifying information about the people you wish to hire. Health Street’s criminal background checks in North Carolina allows you to screen state and county courthouse records plus several national criminal databases. We can confirm if an applicant fabricated their resume, lied about their education, or provided false information. Failure to screen new hires with employment background checks in North Carolina could result in legal problems for your business if someone commits a crime at work. Ensure the safety of your business - start with North Carolina background checks from Health Street.

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Why Health Street For North Carolina Background Checks?

Health Street combines industry knowledge, a committment to accuracy, and a spirit of fairness when performing background checks in the Tar Heel 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 North Carolina are qualified and honest.

Health Street’s combination of high tech and high touch make background checks in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina so you’ll know that your candidates have been fully and properly vetted before hire.

Background Check Laws that Keep Employees and Employers Safe in North Carolina

In North Carolina, employers are allowed to conduct background checks to keep their workplaces safe for both employees and customers. In this state, licensing boards are also permitted to use information gleaned from background checks to make sure that the individuals they are licensing have not committed a crime that involves either fraud or moral turpitude.

In this state, background checks conducted on potential hires may be subject to ban-the-box policies. These policies have mandated that questions about past criminal convictions be removed from job applications and have delayed background checks until later in the hiring process. North Carolina has not signed on to this policy as a state, but several municipalities have voluntarily adopted it. It applies to public sector employees in Charlotte, Cumberland County, Durham and Durham County, and many other individual counties.

Even in ban-the-box jurisdictions, North Carolina law permits private and public sector employers to conduct background checks. Sealed records, as well as records that have been expunged are not to be included in any background check, and applicants do not have to disclose this information to employers.

Arrest records may be included in a background check, but employers need to be careful not to violate discrimination protections laid out in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Statistics on Crime in the State of North Carolina

Employer background checks in North Carolina protect employers, as well as their other employees and customers. Despite the fact that large parts of North Carolina have low crime, cities like Durham and Charlotte make statewide crime ratesmuch higher.

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The safest municipality in North Carolina is Pinehurst- a largely upper-class community with a crime rate of just 0.93 per 1,000 violent crimes, as compared to the state-wide average of 6.85.
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From 2017 to 2018, violent crime in North Carolina dropped by 9.9%. Most violent crimes saw some decrease state-wide, ranging from a 10.8% drop in murders to a 16.6% drop in arson cases. The only violent crimes to experience a rise were rapes (+14.5%) and motor vehicle theft (+0.6%).
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Overall, more murders were committed with handguns than with any other weapon. In fact, firearms were present in more than 4,000 robberies, and more than 11,000 aggravated assaults.
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Juvenile arrests in North Carolina were also at a ten-year low, dropping from 2,349 arrests for violent crimes in 2009 to only 1,240 in 2018.

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 North Carolina Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

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

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

Citations

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Avery, Beth. “Ban the Box: U.S. Cities, Counties, and States Adopt Fair Hiring Policies.” National Employment Law Project, https://www.nelp.org/publication/ban-the-box-fair-chance-hiring-state-and-local-guide/
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“Criminal background check – Title VII and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.” Lexology, 31 May 2012, https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=4e9ca928-2879-4181-8503-e4fc76b2faa6
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“Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.” U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 25 April 2012, https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/enforcement-guidance-consideration-arrest-and-conviction-records-employment-decisions
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Tong, Mona. “Duke’s move to ‘ban the box’ follows trend established by other universities, states.” The Chronicle, 1 November 2018, https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/11/dukes-move-to-ban-the-box-follows-trend-established-by-other-states-universities#:~:text=Although%20North%20Carolina%20has%20no,for%20government%20and%20public%20employment
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“Crime in North Carolina 2018.” North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI), January 2020, http://ncsbi.gov/Services/SBI-Statistics/SBI-Uniform-Crime-Reports/2018-Annual-Summary.aspx
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“Safest Cities in North Carolina.” Alarms.org, 11 February 2020, https://www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-north-carolina/#:~:text=Safest%20Cities%20in%20North%20Carolina%20%E2%80%93%202020&text=Overall%2C%20North%20Carolina’s%20violent%20and,of%203.69%20offenses%20per%201%2C000