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applicant’s criminal history reveals that a conviction has a “rational relationship” to the job, the job offer can be withdrawn.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.
Note: This information is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with your own legal counsel for advice related to your state/locality.