Wisconsin Background Checks
What Background Checks in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Background Checks?
Performing background checks in the Badger 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in Wisconsin.
Ban the Box in Wisconsin
Many states have enacted “ban the box” laws which are designed to give job seekers with criminal records a fair chance at gaining employment. These laws prohibit employers from asking applicants about their criminal records at any time before the initial interview. If there is no initial interview, then employers may not make this inquiry until after they have already provided a conditional offer for employment.
In the state of Wisconsin, “ban the box” provisions only apply to public sector employees. The rules also state that employers may only make criminal history inquiries after the applicant has been certified for the position.
In addition, the city of Madison applies “ban the box” laws to contractors doing business with the city when the contract is worth more than $25,000. In the city, background checks and criminal history inquiries also cannot be run until after the applicant has received a conditional job offer.
Use of Criminal Records Under Wisconsin Law
Employers who request criminal record reports must be careful about the ways in which they use the information. Under Wisconsin law, it’s unlawful to automatically disqualify an applicant from employment due to a criminal conviction alone unless one of the following exceptions apply:
It should also be noted that employers who choose to run criminal background checks or ask applicants about prior convictions must let them know that:
The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) prohibits employers from inquiring about arrests that did not result in a conviction unless charges are currently pending. This prohibition does not apply to employers filling bonded positions.
According to the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, if an employer finds out an applicant has a pending arrest that would substantially impact the applicant’s appropriateness for the job, they may choose one of the following options:
To avoid potential problems, employers should not reject an applicant outright based on a pending conviction, even if it is substantially related to the position.
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:
These measures ensure that your new hire has a safe Wisconsin driving record and no drug or alcohol violations in the past three years.
Resume Verification Services
Education verification and reference checks are also critical to the pre-employment background checks in Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.