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Conducting Criminal Record Checks in Massachusetts

Filed under Hiring Workers. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Massachusetts are permitted or required to conduct criminal record checks in accordance with these rules.

Employers in Massachusetts may obtain criminal record information from the Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board.

Agencies that provide home health aides, companions and certain other types of services to the elderly or to persons with disabilities and long-term care facilities must obtain all available criminal record information on individuals who will provide services before the individuals may be employed.

Operators of Massachusetts camps for children and any entities or organizations primarily engaged in providing activities or programs to children 18 years or under that accept volunteers must obtain all available criminal offender record information for prospective and present employees and volunteers. This information should be used only for the purpose of furthering the protection of children.

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