If you are applying for a job where you will be managing money or company finances and have a bankruptcy or significant debt, this could raise red flags with the employer. They will also look at the date in the event of bankruptcy.
They may need an explanation about the debt. You can be prudent and answer any questions that your employer may have about debt.
What far back do background checks go?
Some states permit background check companies to share information up to 10 years ago. This includes any conviction, felony or misdemeanor. At the very least, all states have one of these limitations. At some point, criminal convictions should not be included in background screening.
States that have reached the seven-year limit
- New York
However, there are exceptions to this seven-year limit. If you are looking for a job in California with a salary of more than $125,000, your employer may check your history for up to ten year. The employer is not required to keep you from looking for work in Colorado or Texas if your salary exceeds $75,000. In the US, there is a $25,000 income exemption in Kansas, Maryland and Massachusetts. This applies to New York, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Montana, New Hampshire and New Mexico. Washington has an income exemption of $20,000.
Some states will forbid the inclusion of these records in background checks if you are not found guilty of a crime. These states are:
- New York
Some states also have strict background check reporting laws. They will show both guilty and non-guilty verdicts, for an unlimited number years.
If you have a conviction for a felony and are living in one of the above states, it may be difficult to find a job. This may be your experience. It might be more advantageous to move to a state with more relaxed reporting laws.
There are still convictions
Is Your Conviction Featured?
- If you have not been convicted of any other offenses.
- A certain time has passed since the crime.
Why do employers order background checks?
- Date of birth, full name, and age
- Maiden names, aliases, nicknames
- Current address, phone number, as well as addresses from the past seven to ten year period.
- Convictions for all felonies, misdemeanors and sex crime
- Court records and arrests (Decrees and docket numbers judgments and orders, as well as decrees and docket number)
- Federal and civil tax liens
- Federal and civil judgments
- Bankruptcy in Federal and State
- Records of inmates
Concerning Pending Charges
Always be honest about your past
What are Level 1 and 2 Background Checks?
- Level 1: This refers to checks that are performed by the state’s name only, in addition to a check of employment history.
- Level 2: A state and national fingerprint test are performed. These checks are performed when applicants seek positions of trust or responsibility.
If you are a felon in Florida, you will most likely have a Level 1 background screening.
Are Felonies Found Elsewhere?
- They may use your current address in order to locate criminal records in your current location.
- They can search for criminal records in other locations if additional addresses are found in their searches.
- Employers may conduct a Federal Criminal Records Check, which will reveal crimes committed on federal property and other federal crimes.
- Many companies also conduct nationwide searches to find sex offenders and homeland security personnel.
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