Tennessee Background Checks

Health Street provides a full range of criminal background checks in Tennessee, allowing companies to accurately screen job applicants before hiring. We offer a wide variety of employment screening ranging from a simple criminal database search to comprehensive investigative research of a person’s criminal record, job history, credentials, and references. For quality, professional and timely background screenings, Health Street is the place to go for employment background check in Tennessee.

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What Background Checks in Tennessee does Health Street offer?

Criminal Background Check Packages

Health Street offers various pre-built packages of employment background checks, or you can mix and match individual checks for an entirely customized solution. Our most popular criminal background check packages begin with a Social Security Number Trace and include checks of national criminal databases and/or courthouse record searches.

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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 check an applicant’s job history, degrees earned, licnesure, and references. From $39.
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DOT Background Check services include MVR’s and other DOT compliance checks. From $39.

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Why Health Street For Tennessee Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Volunteer 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

Ban the Box Law in Tennessee

In 2016, Tennessee joined the now 35 states that have enacted “ban the box” laws. These laws prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal record on the initial application. The purpose is to give individuals with a criminal record a fair chance to gain an interview and show that they’re qualified for the job prior to disclosing their history.

In Tennessee, the law applies only to the state’s public-sector employees. Although employers who fall under this rule may not ask about criminal history on job applications, they can conduct criminal background checks later in the hiring process. Private-sector employers are still able to include the criminal history check box on both paper and electronic job applications.

Tennessee Employers:

Tennessee is one of the rare states that has no restrictions for private employers on the use of a job applicant’s criminal history when making hiring decisions. However, employers should still proceed with caution. The provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants. This includes governing the use of criminal history to make hiring decisions.

In addition, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) provides guidelines for steps that must be completed when conducting a criminal background check. This includes getting the applicant’s written consent prior to running the report and notifying the applicant if the decision not to hire was based on the contents of the report. It’s critical that employers follow all of these requirements during the hiring process to avoid potentially serious penalties.

Tennessee Crime Statistics

Crime statistics are provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) and are reported through the state’s comprehensive system, known as the Tennessee Incident-Based Reporting System (TIBRS). According to the annual report, titled “Crime in Tennessee 2019,” most crime categories saw a decline from 2018 to 2019. This includes murder (down 0.8%), weapons law violations (down 6.0%) and rape (down 7.4%).

The report also includes the following crime statistics:

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There was a total of 334,804 reported arrests in 2019 (down 6.3% from 2018)
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Of those arrested, 107,502 were male and 50,004 were female
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The number of total crime victims was 335,851 in 2019 (down 5.0% from 2018)
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The number of aggravated assault victims decreased by 2.4% in 2019
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In 2019, drug violations decreased by 5.6% and burglary offenses decreased by 11.3%
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The highest percentage of both crime victims and offenders are consistently in the 25 – 34 age range

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 Tennessee Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).

These measures ensure that your new hire has a safe Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee gives you and your business the protection it deserves and the knowledge that you are hiring honest, qualified candidates.

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Citations

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“Ban The Box States 2020.” World Population Review, https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/ban-the-box-states
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“Tennessee Background Checks: What you need to know, https://www.blr.com/HR-Employment/Staffing-Training-/Background-Checks-in-Tennessee
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“Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Tennessee.” Nolo, https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/employer-use-arrest-conviction-records-tennessee.html
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“Crime in Tennessee 2019.” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tbi/documents/CrimeInTennessee2019.pdf