Ohio Background Checks

A guide to Ohio background checks

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

We update this overview of Ohio 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
  • 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.


Ban-The-Box & Fair Hiring Laws

STATE LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES

Who must follow: This ban-the-box law applies only to public sector employers for the state of Ohio, including cities and counties.

Timing of inquiry: Public sector employers in Ohio may only inquire into criminal history after a conditional offer.

Adverse action implications:

  • Individualized assessment: This location requires an individualized assessment be performed prior to final adverse action.

LOCAL LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES

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