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Kentucky State Background Check Laws

In February 2017, Kentucky’s governor signed an Executive Order that banned-the-box on job applications for positions in the state’s executive branch. Criminal history inquiries are delayed until the applicant is offered an interview.

Louisville, KY

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously passed a fair-chance ordinance in March 2014. City agencies are prohibited from checking a job applicant’s criminal history until an applicant has been found “otherwise qualified” for the position.

Although not mandated for vendors, the ordinance makes it very clear that the City prefers doing business with vendors who also follow the ordinance, going so far as to state that vendors will be evaluated on their criminal history practices in awarding City contracts. When criminal history is being evaluated, individualized assessments will be conducted using EEOC criteria.

Cities Include: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington, Richmond 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.