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Employment Screening Laws in Missouri
The State of Missouri employs the recommended rules and regulations standard policies of the hiring guidelines established by the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA).
- Background check consent must be completed and signed in a separate stand-alone form separate from employment application as per FCRA. Must be clear and conspicuous to their knowledge
- Establish an HR policy when conducting employment background checks for each job position. For example, what past criminal offenses are to be considered in relation to the job position
If derogatory records are found:
- If doing a nationwide criminal database search, verify that any database records found are updated and accurate at originating source (i.e, County Criminal Court and/or Real-Time State Criminal search
- Send FCRA Pre Adverse Action Letter. Wait at least five days to allow the applicant to dispute any discrepancies before taking any further action
- If by then, a decision has been made to not to hire the applicant based on the applicant’s response and further investigation of records found — a job declination FCRA adverse action letter must be sent
Missouri applies Ban-the-Box statewide for all state government agencies. No enforcement for private employers.
Exceptions: Kansas City and Columbia does practice ban-the-box for all private and public sector employees.
There is no law in Missouri that restricts employers from asking about, looking at, or considering arrest records. So long as these records have not been expunged, employers throughout the state have the legal liberty to consider them in employment decisions, although not recommended due to civil rights commission pending lawsuits in this matter.
Remember that an employer must always consider EEOC guidance when making a hiring decision. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) calls for companies to conduct an Individualized Assessment based on the nature of the offense and how it relates to the job position prior to automatically disqualifying an employment applicant based on their past criminal records history.
When determining whether a criminal offense would disqualify a potential employment candidate, employers must give consideration to:
- The nature and gravity of the criminal offense
- How much time has passed since the offense or sentence
- The nature of the job (including where it is performed, how much supervision and interaction with others the employee will have, etc.)
The EEOC has stated that employers ought to give job seekers with a criminal record the opportunity to explain the circumstances and provide mitigating information showing that the employee should not be excluded based on the nature of the offense.
Disclaimer: All resources in this informational article are intended for basic informative purposes and to serve as initial guidance. It is strongly recommended to always check with your legal counsel before proceeding as new laws may emerge from federal and local municipalities after the date of this article.
Missouri State Police
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Missouri Courts Criminal Report
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|Name Searched||John K Smith|
|Verified By||Name and DOB|
|Full Name on File||SMITH, JOHN KING|
|DOB on File||10/20/****|
|Additional Info.||455 Main Str – Apt 4B|
CARTHAGE, MO 64836
|Records Searched||7 years – Felony and|
|Charge 1||Property Damage 2nd Degree|
|Type of Crime||Misdemeanor|
|Arresting Agency: CARTHAGE PD|
Sentence Date: 10/24/2014 Start Date: 10/24/2014 Length: 6 Months
Judgment Restitution Entered
Misd Costs Circ Tax-Reg-w/cost
10/07/2014 Criminal Motion Hearing Sched
Scheduled For: 10/24/2014; 9:00 AM ; HON. TRENT POLOCK; Jasper County – Joplin
10/03/2014 Hearing Held. Defendant appears in person and with attorney, Larry Spiegelman. The State appears by Sonny Liston APA. No motions presented. At the request of defense, case reset for pretrial
09/04/2014 Criminal Motion Hearing Sched
Hearing Continued From: 09/05/2014; 9:00 AM Criminal Motion Hearing
Judge/Clerk – Note
Motion for Continuance
07/30/2014 Criminal Motion Hearing Sched
Associated Entries: 09/04/2014 – Hearing Continued/Rescheduled
Scheduled For: 09/05/2014; 9:00 AM ; HON. TRENT POLOCK; Jasper County – Joplin
07/25/2014 Arraignment Held. Defendant appears in person and with attorney Larry Spiegelman. The state appears by Bruce Armstrong, APA. Defendant is furnished a copy of the Information, waives reading thereof, and enters a plea of not guilty. Pretrial motions and/or change of plea set on Friday, September 5, 2014. All settings are at 9:00 a.m. So Ordered: Trent Polock, Circuit Judge
06/27/2014 Answers to Disclosure Filed
REQUEST FOR DISCLOSURE; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed By: CARL MADDEN
Associated Entries: 07/25/2014 – Arraignment Held