Advanced Background Checks in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Background Screening Services – Recommended by the Experts.

Peopletrail offers all kinds of background checks in the State of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts: An Employee-Friendly State

Massachusetts works for and is considered an employee-friendly state for the laws present to protect the employees in the state. To better understand the laws that impact both the employer and employee, employers must comply with the federal laws and the state’s employment requirements laid down. Massachusetts was, in fact, the second state in the nation to place a ban on criminal record information on the initial job application process.

Massachusetts Employment Law on Use of Criminal Records

Massachusetts is said to have one of the strongest protections for applicants with a criminal record. It recently passed a provision, effective since October 13, 2018, “ban the box.” This provision prohibits employers from asking for criminal records in the initial written application process of applicants. Questions can be asked about criminal history when the interview stage is reached but that has limitations as well.

Massachusetts Law on Discrimination

Massachusetts follows the federal law in terms of discrimination and fair practice and provides the same service-member rights and privileges as Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USSERA). In addition to the federal law prohibitions on discrimination, Massachusetts prohibits discrimination based on marital status, insurance status, and criminal record.

Background Checks in Massachusetts

Not all background checks performed in Massachusetts State the same. Learn about the different types of screening options Peopletrail provides and how we make the hiring process streamlines for your new hires.

The Consolidate Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a federal law that allows many employees to continue reaping health insurance benefits even after the employment ends under certain conditions. Massachusetts has adopted its own version of the law, referred to as the “mini-COBRAs,” that allow employees to continue with their coverage up to a period of 18 months.

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law, embedded January 1, 2021, allows for covered individuals to use paid family and medical leave for the following reasons:

  • To bond with a child during the first year after child birth or adoption
  • To care for a family member who is a covered service member
  • To managers affairs if a family member’s active on duty in Armed Forces
  • To care for individuals own serious health condition.

The option to utilize the paid family leave to care for a family member with severe health condition would become available on July 1, 2021. In addition to this, most Massachusetts employees have the right to earn 40 hours of sick leave per year.

Massachusetts has its book of laws called the Blue Laws that control hours of operation for certain businesses and require to pay extra compensation, known as “premium pay,” on Sundays and other legal holidays. As of January 2021, employees must be paid at 1.2 times their regular rate for any time worked on Sundays, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, Independence Day with Juneteenth Independence Day being the latest addition to it.

Massachusetts criminal record screening laws, blue laws and mini-COBRA’s in addition to the federal laws it follows, makes it a state that is working towards ensuring employee rights are not compromised on.

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A reliable screening provider like Peopletrail® helps you to feel safe in the workplace, hire confidently, worry less about legal liability, and eliminate any chances of negligent hiring. Our experienced reporting team gathers actionable insights for you to make a better hiring decision.

Our employment background checks are detailed and review a person’s national and state-level criminal, commercial, and financial records.

How to Request Your Massachusetts Criminal History?

Peopletrail offers personal background checks, specifically focusing on state and federal level records. If you are interested in running a comprehensive background check on yourself and live in the State of Massachusetts, Order the Gold Package Here!

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