Questions concerning arrests are prohibited. An arrest record is in
no way an indication of guilt. Employers may ask questions about convictions,
but a conviction record should be the basis for refusing employment
only if the nature and recent occurrence of the conviction make the
applicant unsuitable for the particular position you are trying to fill.
Contact the UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity at (218) 726-6326 if you
are considering this line of questioning in your interview process.
Criminal Background Checks
These check are usually performed on those individuals who have or
would have the means, within the scope of their duties to enter tenants'
dwelling units (Housing Department). Per Minn. Stat. 299C.66.-.71, Background
Checks must be conducted upon hire. No checks are required after
Above all, employers must treat every job applicant equally and administer
pre-employment inquiries consistently and fairly. Refer to "Non-discrimination
in the Hiring Process" for information. It is also a good idea
to review pre-employment interview questions with the UMD Department
of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.