Washington Background Checks

Washington background checks are a proven way of verifying information about the people you wish to hire. Health Street’s criminal background checks in Washington allows you to screen state and county courthouse records plus several national criminal databases. We can confirm if an applicant fabricated their resume, lied about their education, or provided false information. Failure to screen new hires with employment background checks in Washington could result in legal problems for your business if someone commits a crime at work. Ensure the safety of your business - start with Washington background checks from Health Street.

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What Washington Background Checks can I order through Health Street?

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Why Health Street For Washington Background Checks?

Criminal background check in the Evergreen 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 Washington 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 Washington.

Safeguarding Employers and Employees Through Background Checks in Washington

In Washington State, employers are limited by both federal and state law which determines what questions they can ask in an interview, and at what point in the hiring process background checks can be requested.

In every situation, the applicant must be told before a background check can be conducted. Most employers in Washington State run background checks via the Washington State Patrol, the FBI, or a consumer reporting agency, which can give them information on credit history.

In Washington State, state law limits reporting of both arrests and convictions that are older than seven years, as well as juvenile conviction records if an applicant is over the age of 21.

According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), if an employer finds a conviction that makes them doubt the applicant’s suitability for the job in question, they must consider carefully whether to deny the applicant based on this conviction. The EEOC urges employers to do an individualized assessment, in which they consider the nature and severity of the crime, the duties and environment of the job in question, as well as the time that has passed. If this is not done with the utmost due diligence, applicants may be able to file a federal discrimination claim with the EEOC.

Current Statistics on Crime in Washington State

In Washington State, the Cascade Mountains divide urban Seattle, Olympia, and Tacoma from the more rural areas of Eastern Washington. Regardless of your location, it’s important to be aware of regional patterns of crime, and exercise due diligence when conducting background checks to ensure you have enough information to protect staff as well as customers and clients.

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In 2019, crimes against persons decreased by 2.9% state-wide, totaling about 95,000 reported crimes.
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In Washington State, juveniles make up 6.2% of total arrests.
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More than 11,000 people in Washington State were arrested for drug and narcotic violations in 2019. Of that number, 8.9% were under the age of 18.
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In Washington State, the Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Annual Report divides serious, ‘Category ‘A” offenses into three categories: crimes against persons (which includes murder, rape, and aggravated assault), crimes against property (including arson, theft, and fraud), and crimes against society (ranging from animal cruelty to weapons law violations). In 2019, 22.4% of crimes committed in this category were crimes against persons.
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In 2019, weapons were involved in more than 10,000 violent crimes.

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 Washington 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:

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Washington drivers license check
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Contacting prior employers from before January 2020.
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Searching the FMCSA Clearinghouse on your behalf.

Resume Review and Verification Checks

When evaluating a job applicant, the first thing a hiring manager tends to look at is their resume. But what if the schools attended, degrees earned, job titles held, and other credentials were embellished, exaggerated, or outright fabricated? Before making that hire, you can rest easy knowing that Health Street can add resume verification to our Washington background checks.

Resume fraud is unfortunately all too common in Washington. Our resume verification services provide a definitive check on everything listed on your applicant’s resume. This includes:

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education verification to confirm the degrees and certifications stated.
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employment history to check that they have held the jobs claimed
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professional license verification to confirm they have the certifications required.

Be sure that the person you want to hire is really who they say they are by ordering resume verification services from Health Street.

Citations

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“Guide to Criminal Records and Employment in Washington State.” Washington ACLU, https://www.aclu-wa.org/file/99150/download?token=m4Hs9loV
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“Background checks—Disclosure of information—Sharing of criminal background information by health care facilities.” RCW 43.43.832, Washington State Legislature, https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=43.43.832
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“Crime in Washington – 2019 Annual Report.” Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, https://www.waspc.org/assets/CJIS/crime%20in%20washington%202019-small.pdf