Word of Caution on Background Checks for Businesses Operating in Multiple States

February 2, 2016

Although federal laws and regulations cover most of the everyday employment issues you face, states still retain the right to create their own laws. And that’s where you need to be careful.

For instance, when criminal records are checked in Michigan, those records may be different from those in other states where your company operates. Legal guidance is all over the place on this topic. Some say you must abide by the laws in your company’s home state, but other decisions and opinions differ. We strongly suggest that you take the time to review all of this with your legal counsel, who can best advise you regarding this very important and delicate topic.

Contributed by Steven J. Austin of LABORCHEX.

Through the Michigan Chamber partnership with LABORCHEX, members get discounted pricing to employment background screening services. To learn more, please email Kym Lewis or call him at 1-800-880-0366.