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Hawaii State Background Check Laws

When Hawaii House Bill 3528 (1998) was signed into law on July 15, 1998, Hawaii became the first state to mandate that both public and private employers delay inquiry into a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.

If a review of an applicant’s criminal history reveals that a conviction has a “rational relationship” to the job, the job offer can be withdrawn. Only ten years of convictions may be considered.

Cities Include: Honolulu, East Honolulu, Pearl City, Hilo, Waipahu and more.

Note: This information is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with your own legal counsel for advice related to your state/locality.