Yes. When you apply to work for Express Employment, they will ask you questions about your background. They will also conduct a criminal background check to confirm the information you give them. This information helps them to know if there are any positions which might conflict with your legal history.
Here is some state-specific information about background checks:
There are some states where your background check will only go back seven years. If you live in one of these states, your felony conviction shouldn’t show up on your background check after that time:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*There are some positions which could require a more thorough background check).
Other states won’t include information about cases where you were found not guilty:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
In many states, your background check will show your entire record (including not guilty verdicts). Just know that, if you live in one of these states, there’s a good chance they’ll see everything:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We went back to glassdoor.com to look at how employees have ranked the company on there. Current and former employees have given them an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Over half (63%) of these employees said they’d recommend Express Employment to a friend.
What felonies Express Employment will not hire
The company didn’t list charges that they will not hire, but the next section will cover what we think might be the most damaging ones.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Express Employment hire felons? Yes, but some felonies may make it harder for them to place you than others. This happens for a couple of reasons. First, companies may tell them they’d rather not have former felons work for them. Second, the nature of your felony might conflict with the position you’re interested in.
Here are some convictions that may make it more difficult for them to place you:
- Offenses involving the misuse of a computer, as they may have trouble placing you in an office position.
- Theft, as they may have trouble placing you in a position where you’d be required to handle money.
- Child abuse, as they may have trouble placing you in a position where you’d be working closely with people who are under age.
- Felonies or misdemeanors involving drugs, as they may have trouble placing you with companies with zero-tolerance policies regarding drug use.
Does Express Employment hire sex offenders?
There is a chance they will hire people with sex offenses on their records, but Express Employment didn’t tell us one way or the other. Online reports were also inconclusive.
Does Express Employment drug test?
Yes. Most locations will have you complete a urinalysis drug test once you’re finished with the interview.
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