Rhode Island Employment Background Check Screening
All pre-employment screening services including employment drug screening are available in Rhode Island
National Employment Screening provides professional employment screening services to Rhode Island employers to help you protect your employees and clients from the costly effects of making a “Bad Hire.”
Our criminal records Smart Search Plus® has become the industry standard for an FCRA compliant quality criminal records background check.
It includes an unlimited check of the Federal criminal records repositories in the states where the applicant has lived for the past 7 years.
It also includes a check of any needed state and county criminal records checks as well as a social security number address history trace, a multi-state criminal records database search and a check of of the sex offender registry in all 50 states. .
It is the criminal records background check now chosen by most of our clients. For a brief overview of all of our employment screening services, pleaseClick Here
Employers may not inquire about an applicants arrest records, unless the applicant is applying for a law enforcement or agency position. R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-5-7(7).
Employers may inquire about conviction records. R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-5-7(7). However, if a job applicant has had a conviction expunged, the applicant can respond that he or she has not been convicted of a crime.
Exception: Applicants for licenses in the area of law enforcement and education must disclose the fact of a conviction and the custodian of records shall disclose the existence of the expunged record.
We provide employment screening services for employers in all Rhode Island cities including Narragansett, Portsmouth, Scituate, Newport and others.
Use Of Social Media In Rhode Island Pre-Employment Screening:
Employers cannot require or request prospective or current employees to disclose personal social media account information (2014)
Rhode Island employment screening law: Giving Employment References in Rhode Island
Employer can provide fair and unbiased information about an employee or former employee’s gob performance at the request of the employee or prospective employer if they are acting in good faith.
So long as the employer does not provide knowingly false, deliberately misleading information nor provide it for malicious purpose, then the employer providing the reference is immune from civil liability for the disclosure. (RI §28-6, 4-1)
Rhode Island employment screening law: At Will law in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island as in most states, employees not working under an employment contract are deemed to be “at will.” In Rhode Island, at-will employees may be terminated for any reason, so long as it’s not illegal. There are numerous illegal reasons for termination.
Typically such reasons fall into one of two large categories: illegal discrimination or illegal termination in violation of a public policy. Generally, employees who work under an employment contract can only be terminated for reasons specified in the contract.
Please note that Federal law mandates background checks for employees who are engaged in particular industries.
The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services maintains a list of individuals who are excluded from participation in any of its federally-funded healthcare programs.
Exclusions are due to convictions for program-related fraud and patient abuse, licensing board actions and default on health education assistance loans.
Therefore, employers in affected industries should check the OIG Exclusion list before hiring employees who might work in such programs. The FACIS® program is also very important when screening medical personnel. Click Here for more information on FACIS®.