Vermont Background Checks
What Background Checks in Vermont 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.
Why Health Street For Vermont Background Checks?
Criminal background check in the Green Mountain 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 Vermont 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 Vermont.
Background Check Laws that Employers in the State of Vermont Need to Know
Vermont has some of the most thorough background check laws and regulations in the United States. In addition to following the laws laid out in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the state government of Vermont has passed several statutes in the last several years that impact how background checks related to hiring are conducted.
These state statutes have made background checks mandatory for anyone working in a financial institution, law enforcement, or with payroll information. As well, the employer must conduct a background check on any employee if their “position of employment requires a financial fiduciary responsibility to the employer or a client of the employer, including the authority to issue payments, collect debts, transfer money, or enter into contracts.”
Vermont enacted ban-the-box legislation in 2016, which applies to both private and public employers. This law particular to Vermont forbids employers from requesting any criminal history record information before the applicant has been deemed otherwise qualified for the position. As well, if a background check is conducted and a criminal offense is revealed, the applicant must be given the opportunity to explain the circumstances of the conviction.
If a background check is being conducted on an existing employee, or if a second background check is needed for any reason, Vermont’s labor laws require employers to request new consent in writing. They cannot conduct additional checks unless they have explicit written consent from the applicant or employee. These fees must also be absorbed by the employer, and cannot be passed on to the employee.
Recent Statistics on Crime in Vermont
Despite the fact that Vermont has a much lower rate of violent crime than the United States overall, it’s still important to carefully conduct thorough background checks during the hiring process.
DOT Background Screening Services
If you are hiring truck drivers, you already know that you need to check back for three years of violations with prior companies and the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. You also have to check their Vermont motor vehicle report, of course.
Knowing and complying with these regulations can be daunting. Health Street removes the stress by conducting and storing your DOT background checks in the same, easy-to-access portal as your other driver file records. You can manage your DOT compliance and random pool in one place. We can provide you with:
Resume Verification Services
Education verification and reference checks are also critical to the pre-employment background checks in Vermont. 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 Vermont resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.