We update this overview of Minnesota 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.
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.
Our take: Under this provision, employers in Minnesota must (1) provide applicants written disclosure before ordering a background report; and (2) include a box on the disclosure that the applicant can check off to receive a copy of the report. If a copy is requested, the CRA that made the report must send the applicant a copy of the report within 24 hours and free of charge.
Our Take: Except as provided by Section 123B.03 or as otherwise specifically provided by law, an employer cannot require the applicant or employee to pay the cost associated with procuring a background report.
STATE LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES
Who must follow: This ban-the-box law applies to both public sector employers and licensing authorities located in Minnesota.
Consideration of records: Public sector employers in the state of Minnesota are prohibited from inquiring into or using records of arrest not followed by
Adverse action implications:
LOCAL LAWS — PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANIES
See which Minnesota counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.