Wisconsin Background Checks

Health Street makes background checks in Wisconsin easy with a complete array of comprehensive, precise and detailed employment background screenings. Our Wisconsin background checks start with simple, fast criminal database checks and can be extended for a full view of a person’s history by looking at local and national records, educational records, past jobs,, and more. Wisconsin background checks ensure you and your workforce are protected from an employee who lies on his or her job application or worse

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Wisconsin Background Check Information

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:

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The applicant’s conviction substantially relates to the job.
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The applicant is applying for a certain type of position (ex. burglar alarm installation or private detective).
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The position applied for requires bonding and the applicant’s criminal record will prevent them from getting a bond.

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:

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The conviction will only be considered as it relates to the position in question and
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A conviction will not result in automatic disqualification from consideration for the position.

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:

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Place the application on hold until the case is resolved
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Advise the applicant to reapply for the position once the situation has been resolved

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.

What Background Checks in Wisconsin 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.

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Everything in Triple Database Package (above) plus Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)
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Everything in Platinum Package (above) plus a 10 panel drug test.
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Mix and match a variety of our background screening services to create your perfect package. This can include criminal database checks, sanctions, resume verifications, and drug testing.
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Resume Verification services to check a person’s job history, degrees, and references starting at $39
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DOT Background Check and driver screening services to ensure DOT compliance starting at $39

City Background Checks

For information regarding background checks in a specific city, click the relevant link below:

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Why Health Street For Wisconsin Background Checks?

Health Street combines industry knowledge, a commitment to accuracy, and a spirit of fairness when performing background checks in the Badger State. Comprehensive employment screenings keep you and your business from stumbling into legal problems. A thorough background screening is essential to confirming that your new hires in are qualified and honest.

Health Street’s combination of high tech and high touch make background checks in fast and reliable. We offer simple, secure web technology matched with local court runners to protect your company.

Due diligence is critical. Poorly performed background checks can expose you in the following ways:

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Not uncovering a past criminal record.
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Revealing personal or excess information that cannot, by employment law, be taken into account.

In either case, you could be held legally liable. It is critical that you stay in compliance with local labor laws. Let Health Street’s experts conduct your background checks in New Mexico so you’ll know that your candidates have been fully and properly vetted before hire.

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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 Wisconsin 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:

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Conducting historical research of Wisconsin driving record.
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Contacting prior employers from before the Clearinghouse began in January 2020.

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Resume Review and Verification Checks

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: account_balance

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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.

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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Guerin, Lisa. “Wisconsin Laws on Employer Use of Arrest and Conviction Records.” Nolo, https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/wisconsin-laws-employer-use-arrest-conviction-records.html
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“Wisconsin Background Checks: What you need to know.” Business & Legal Resources (BLR), https://www.blr.com/HR-Employment/Staffing-Training-/Background-Checks-in-Wisconsin#:~:text=Wisconsin%20has%20laws%20concerning%20criminal%20background%20checks%20and%20driver’s%20record%20information.&text=The%20Wisconsin%20Fair%20Employment%20Act,the%20charges%20are%20currently%20pending.
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Equal Rights Division, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/er/
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“Arrest and Conviction Record.” Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/er/civilrights/discrimination/arrest.htm