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Louisiana Background Checks

A guide to Louisiana background checks

What are Lousiana background check and ban-the-box laws?

We update this overview of Louisiana background check laws and ban-the-box rules often. But laws change quickly, and we cannot guarantee all information is current. Always consult your attorney for legal advice.

  • FCRA
  • District Laws
  • Ban-The-Box

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Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

In order to set a standard for hiring policies, the federal government created the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA, which monitors and protects both employers and job candidates.

State Laws

R.S. 23-897

Our Take: An employer cannot pass costs for background check, fingerprinting, medical records to potential employee.

Ban-The-Box & Fair Hiring Laws


Who Must Follow: This ban-the-box law applies only if you are a public sectoremployer for the State of Louisiana and you are hiring for an “unclassified” position.

Timing of Inquiry: Public sector employers for the state of Louisiana may only inquire into criminal history after the first interview, or if no interview is conducted, after a conditional offer.

Adverse action implications:

  • Individualized assessment: The statute does not require an individualized assessment but states that an employer “may” consider the nature and gravity of the criminal conduct, the time passed since the criminal conduct, and the bearing the criminal conduct will have on the ability of the employee to perform duties and functions of the role. We encourage employers to perform an individualized assessment in light of this.


See which Louisiana counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.