Background Check Limitations in US States
Some states don’t allow employers to check further than seven years back, so if your incident occurred over seven years ago, it may not come up during your application processing. So we can consider these states with the limitations to be the most felon friendly states.
Background checks, as noted, aren’t done exactly the same in every location. Yes, there are federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission laws applicable to background checks, and how the information derived from these may be used during the employment hiring process. But states have their own laws, too.
As we’ve seen in most of our articles, states nearly always have their own unique guidelines regarding how they handle felons. Indeed municipalities may have variations of both state and federal laws (a municipality being a “primarily urban political unit having corporate status and usually powers of self-government”). In other words, individual cities might play differently than their neighboring cities, so that’s something to think about.
Another consideration to be aware of is that, if a felon lives in one state but is applying for employment in another, then the background check rules will be based on whichever state has the most strict rules. So it may behoove the applicant to go ahead and settle within the borders of the state they want to work, if possible. Sometimes people live close to a state line and may own a home on one side but want to work on the other. So a little bit of homework might be in order, if this is your situation and you don’t want to give up the house just to land that new job.