Ohio Background Checks

Health Street makes background checks in Ohio easy with a complete array of comprehensive, precise and detailed employment background screenings. Our Ohio background checks start with simple, fast criminal database checks and can be extended for a full view of a person’s history by looking at local and national records, educational records, past jobs,, and more. Ohio background checks ensure you and your workforce are protected from an employee who lies on his or her job application or worse.

What Background Checks in Ohio 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 Ohio Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Buckeye 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 Ohio 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 Ohio.

Protecting Employees and Customers with Background Checks in Ohio

There are many industries in Ohio that mandate background checks as an integral part of the hiring process. Typically, state law requires hiring managers to conduct background checks on employees who are working with vulnerable populations, like children or the elderly. Other public and private companies may choose to ask applicants to complete a background check as part of their hiring process — the choice is theirs to make. All of these background checks are processed through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation run by Ohio’s Attorney General.

In Ohio, the state government has implemented ban-the-box policies for all public sector employees statewide. There are also some municipal governments that have decided to take it a step further, and pass legislation prohibiting both public and private employers within their jurisdiction from asking about past criminal convictions on job applicants. Any industry or municipality that is covered by ban-the-box policies can only request a background check from applicants once a conditional offer of employment has been extended.

In 2016, the Ohio Fair Hiring Act was implemented, which prohibits felony convictions from being used against some public employees, unless the conviction took place while the person was employed as a public employee. This helps give non-violent convicted felons a fair chance at a new job, which can be a stepping stone to a better life.

Statistics on Crime in the State of Ohio

Despite the fact that Ohio has a lower overall violent crime rate than the national average, it’s still important to maintain cautious hiring practices by using background checks that give you as much relevant information as possible. This allows employers to consider and analyze all information available about any relevant convictions, including the nature of the conviction, how much time has passed, and any mitigating factors.

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Violent crime in Ohio has slowly been decreasing over the last several years, and currently, Ohio sits below the national average, with 380.6 incidents per 100,000 population.
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From 2017 to 2018, the murder rate decreased, dropping dramatically from 24.1 to 4.8 per 100,000 population.
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In Ohio, rapes occur more frequently than the national average, currently sitting at 45.3 per 100,000 population. The national average is only 42.6 per 100,000 population.  
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Firearms like guns and rifles were a factor in 68% of murders, 40% of robberies, and 25% of aggravated assaults that occurred across Ohio in 2012.

DOT Background Screening Services

If your business hires truck drivers, DOT regulations require that you reach out to prior employers as well as check the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for violations. You also need to run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) to ensure that your drivers have a clean, safe driving record.

Health Street takes this work off of your hands and stores your Ohio background checks securely in the same convenient online portal where you can manage your DOT drug testing and random pool. We contact prior employers, check the Clearinghouse on your behalf, and report it all back to you in a comprehensive background check report, that includes:

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Conducting historical research of Ohio driving record
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Contacting prior employers from before the Clearinghouse began in January 2020.
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Checking the FMCSA Clearinghouse for drug and alcohol violations reported on or after January

Resume Verification Services

Education verification and reference checks are also critical to the pre-employment background checks in Ohio. Employers should also verify an applicant’s resume, confirming their:

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education and degrees
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professional licenses and certifications
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references.

Calling all of the schools and employers on a person’s resume to confirm if your applicant is telling the truth could take hours. Fortunately, Health Street can easily handle your Ohio resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.

Citations

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“Background Check.” Ohio Attorney General, https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/backgroundcheck
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“Criminal Justice Legislation: HB56 – Fair Hiring Act (2015-2016).” ACLU Ohio, https://www.acluohio.org/archives/legislation/2015-2016-hb-56
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https://das.ohio.gov/Portals/0/DASDivisions/HumanResources/Policy/pdf/HR-29%20Implementation%20Guide%20.pdf
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https://www.nelp.org/publication/ban-the-box-fair-chance-hiring-state-and-local-guide/
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“Weapons used in Violent Crimes in Ohio 2012.” Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, https://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/links/ocjs_weapon_use.pdf
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“Crime Statistics and Crime Reports.” Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/crime_stats_reports.stm#gsc.tab=0