Massachusetts Law Alert
Posted on Jan 30, 2012.
Effective February 6, 2012, Massachusetts employers are no longer permitted to request criminal offender information on the initial written employment application form. There are a few limited exceptions to this law that mainly apply to industries with governmental reporting requirements for job applicants (such as service providers to children or the elderly). This new law poses limits on an employer’s right to inquire about criminal history in the interviewing process. In addition, employers who conduct in excess of four (4) criminal background checks per year must maintain a written criminal record information policy with specific content requirements.