Your Applicant has a Criminal Record - Now What?

July 7, 2015

Of all levels of background screening services, a majority of businesses will request criminal records most often. And all types of criminal histories are revealed as a result. Some reflect minor issues, while others are extremely serious. The business must then determine how the criminal record will impact their hiring decision.

However, it is important for each business to learn (via their own resources and/or legal counsel) how criminal records can be ordered, and used, in their state(s) of operation. For instance, California prohibits the use (consideration) of some minor misdemeanor marijuana offenses when considering a person for employment, while a state like Mississippi doesn’t have such a law. And remember this: If you operate in several states, the laws for each state may differ when it comes to criminal records. It is smart to consult with your legal counsel to ensure you are in compliance.

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.