Ohio Background Checks
What Ohio Background Checks can I order through Health Street?
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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:
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.
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:
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:
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.