South Carolina Background Checks
What Background Checks in South Carolina 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.
Why Health Street For South Carolina Background Checks?
Performing background checks in the Palmetto State involves knowing and following state rules and regulations which may stipulate what information can be taken into account when making hiring decisions. Requirements vary by state.
Performing background checks on your own is risky and can lead you into legal trouble. Hiring a background check company, known as a Credit Reporting Agency or CRA, is highly advisable. A credit reporting agency’s job is to stay abreast of South Carolina background check laws. Reputable CRA’s help you avoid pitfalls such as:
The risk of uncovering too much information in a background check is significant. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandate that certain protected information cannot be considered by employers when making hiring decisions. When hiring in South Carolina, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in South Carolina.
South Carolina Background Check Laws
As an employer in South Carolina, you need to be sure you are following both federal and state laws to protect your company and to protect its applicants from discrimination.
South Carolina is not one of the 35 “ban-the-box” states, meaning that you have the right to ask about an applicant’s past criminal history and arrest record. There are also no state laws prohibiting you from using an applicant’s past criminal history when making hiring decisions.
In South Carolina, you have the right to obtain information on past convictions, whether they were found guilty or not, and arrests, as well as any dismissals.
Some jobs in South Carolina even require proper background checks. Those working in emergency medical services (EMS), for example, are required to get a fingerprint criminal background check by the FBI every time they apply for certification or recertification. Certain convictions may prohibit applicants from obtaining their licenses and keep them from careers in this line of work.
In addition to South Carolina’s state guidelines, you want to be sure to also abide by federal guidelines to avoid discrimination. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has guidelines in place to make sure that all reports are fair and accurate, and the applicant must authorize the background check. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is there to protect the rights of applicants and employees.
Crime Statistics in South Carolina
Crime in South Carolina by City
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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina. 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 South Carolina resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.