Yes, but laws in Massachusetts state that all background checks must be job-related. That means employers must weigh the gravity of a given offense, the time passed since the offense and how it would affect the position you’re trying to fill.
Employers also cannot ask you to provide information about your criminal record on your application. In rare cases, there may be exceptions to this — such as if you are applying for a position with the U.S. government — but that is not what we are doing here today.
Additionally, it is illegal to deny a job opportunity to someone with a criminal record just because that person has a record.
No matter where you apply for a job, a background check is likely going to be part of the hiring process. It might only be to make sure you are legally allowed to work here. However, certain positions require stricter procedures, such as ones where you will be working with children or entrusted with money, for instance.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
In some states, a criminal offense that is more than seven years old won’t even be considered. So if you’ve got an offense on your record that was six years ago, it might be worth waiting a year to apply if you live in one of the following states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* in select cases, different conditions apply)
In more good news, eight states don’t consider court cases were you were found not guilty:
- New York
There are states where none of the above applies. What that means is that employers will be able to see all criminal offenses unless the record is sealed. Here’s a list:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
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Fifty percent of reviewers would recommend working here to a friend. Work-life-balance was rated highest, followed by job security and advancement.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired?
So does Star Market hire felons? Yes, they most likely do. But some specific jobs may still be off-limits to those with a certain felony on their record.
Felony convictions related to the job you’re applying to will make it harder for you to land the job. People with vehicle-related offenses won’t be hired to deal with cars, while handling money is generally off-limits to those who have theft or fraud convictions.
Honesty is the best policy, here as most everywhere in life. It is within employers’ rights to ask about your criminal record, as long as it isn’t sealed. Employers in the state of Massachusetts, for example, have the right to know about any misdemeanor or conviction that you served time for if you were released less than five years ago.
Does Star Market drug test?
We don’t know for sure, actually. The company didn’t say officially, and we hear conflicting responses from employees.
You should be prepared that they might.
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