Only certain industries such as healthcare, transportation, construction, and finance have mandatory background checks, and these laws vary by state. Some employers may choose to use background checks to mitigate risk or protect themselves from liability. In these cases, it’s important to follow fair practices. Gusto helps employers do so by drafting a company policy that is shared with candidates and by mapping job roles to a reason that a check is needed. For example, running a motor vehicle report on a person who will be driving on the job is relevant.