We have one big country, but there are 50 states, over 3000 counties/parishes, and thousands and thousands of cities and towns. They all have their own laws and regulations on a variety of things, including the use of criminal records when making hiring decisions.
Businesses that operate in multiple states must consider a variety of factors when using criminal record information, and must look at the laws and regulations in the individual states. For example, State 1 may allow you to use a certain criminal record detail when making an employment decision, but laws and regulations in State 2 may not allow this. Check with your legal counsel to ensure compliance on this and other issues.
Contributed by Steven J. Austin of LABORCHEX.
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