Some states limit the amount of time certain types of convictions can appear on a background check (the most common time frame is seven years). Some states restrict non-convictions from being reported at all. Many states have also enacted “Ban the Box” laws, which restrict employers from asking questions about criminal convictions on a job application.
Because the laws surrounding employment background check services vary so much by state, it’s important to stay up to date with the regulations in your locality. Luckily, Checkr takes care of compliance for you and has powerful AI tools built in to filter out any information on which it’s illegal to make decisions. For more information on staying compliant, check out this guide on background check law in each state.