The State Rules Register
This map is a collection of information on the subject of useable public record information that is typically available from background screening companies. Please note that the Register is not to be considered legal advice. The facts in any situation may lead to a different result when statutes are interpreted by the courts. If you have specific questions in a state where you may have operations, you should contact local counsel within that state.
This map is designed to help you understand and comply with the myriad of state laws affecting hiring of employees and leasing property that go beyond the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Our goal is to present these restrictions, suggested practices, practical tips, and ongoing notifications in an easy to use format and in plain English. When using these materials, understand that if a state has a law identical to the FCRA or is less restrictive than the FCRA, this state law is not mentioned in the materials because it has no practical effect. The materials also contain restrictions enacted by some of the major cities/counties. This list is not guaranteed to be complete because such laws can be enacted with little to no true public notice. The materials do not contain such information enacted by smaller cities/towns and counties.
Every effort is made to keep this data current. The policy is that new content is added after a law is passed and before it goes into effect. The law is analyzed by the author. Pending laws are indicated along with effective date. Bills that are merely introduced and have not been passed are not included herein.
We designate these 4 possible restrictions listed below to use when researching this topic:
- Ban-the-Box 1: Use of criminal record only after applicant meets minimum employment qualifications
- Ban-the-Box 2: Use of criminal record only at/after interview
- Ban-the-Box 3: Use of criminal record only after conditional offer of employment
- Ban-the-box 4: Certain major municipality
Also, please click on the following 8-page document which reviews 5 major municipalities and lists 160+ counties and cities that impose some type of Ban-the-Box law within their respective jurisdictions.