Oklahoma Background Checks

Health Street's line of background checks in Oklahoma 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. Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma background checks from Health Street.

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Why Health Street For Oklahoma Background Checks?

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

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

Learn About Employer Background Checks in Oklahoma

In the state of Oklahoma, there are many different levels of legislation that govern the use of background checks for employment purposes. Employers who want to conduct a proper background check on an applicant must first inform them in writing. The applicant must then consent to the background check in writing. According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act(FCRA), the company must make a “clear and conspicuous disclosure” of their intention to do a background check on the applicant. If the request is not clear and conspicuous, or if the company does not wait for written authorization before conducting the background check, the applicant may be entitled to damages.

While Oklahoma has enacted some ban-the-box legislation by state executive order, it only applies to state agencies. That means that if you work for a state agency, you may not ask applicants about their criminal history in the initial application process, and must wait until a conditional offer of employment is extended before conducting the standard background check. The new employee may not start work until that background check is complete.

If any compromising information shows up on the background check, the applicant must be given the ability to refute the information and explain the circumstances.

Statistics on Crime in the State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma is unusual in that more rural and suburban areas tend to have higher rates of crime than larger cities. Regardless of where your company is located, it’s important to conduct a thorough background check on potential employees. Some organizations, like Oklahoma City University, have policies that mandate a background check even when a former employee returns to the company after an absence of one year or longer.

Here are some relevant crime statistics for the state of Oklahoma.

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Overall, crime in Oklahoma increased only 1% from 2017 to 2018, according to the latest available data from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
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Violent crimes (murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults) were up 4.1% in 2018, with a total of 18,664 offenses in the calendar year.
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On average, there are 218 individuals murdered in Oklahoma every year.
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Reported rapes are up by 9.8% since 2017. With the exception of 2011, reported cases of rape have been trending upwards by between 4-15% every year for the last ten years.
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In Oklahoma, the total value of property stolen in 2018 is estimated at $257,264,980.

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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma. Employers should also verify an applicant’s resume, confirming their:

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education and degrees
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job history
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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 Oklahoma resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.

Citations

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act. 15 USC 1681 (1992), Electronic Privacy Information Center, https://epic.org/privacy/financial/fcra.html
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2014 Oklahoma Statutes Title 63. Public Health and Safety §63-1-1947. Employee background checks, Justia U.S. Law, https://law.justia.com/codes/oklahoma/2014/title-63/section-63-1-1947/
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“Ensuring People with Convictions Have a Fair Chance to Work.” National Employment Law Project (NELP), https://www.nelp.org/campaign/ensuring-fair-chance-to-work/
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“Background Check Policy.” Oklahoma City University, https://www.okcu.edu/uploads/human-resources/docs/background-check-policy2016.pdf
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Oklahoma Crime Rates 2017. Oklahoma Watch, https://oklahomawatchdata.org/ucr
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Crime Statistics, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, https://osbi.ok.gov/publications/crime-statistics