How far back does a NJ background check go

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How far back does a NJ background check go

Im in the process of finding a new job, and Ive
been hired pending a background check….I
have 3 3rd degree crimes drug related-all
happened at the same time yet these offenses
occurred 13 years ago. I was wondering if I
could be disqualified from employment based
on these ancient mistakes I made in my early
20s.

Asked on July 17, 2018 under Employment Labor Law

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A background check goes back as far as the employer wants it to: there is no statutory or mandatory limit on it. So they could potentially find and choose to not hire you due to those long-ago mistakes. It is unfair, but unfortunately legal. Remember: employment in this nation is "employment at will": the employer decides who to hire, and can refuse to hire someone for any reason not specifically made illegal--but there is no law making it illegal to not hire due to an old criminal record.


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