Tennessee State Laws
Additional State Laws
Tennessee’s Ban the Box law is Senate Bill 2440. It discusses covered and non-covered positions.
If a position is covered, then the employer must include the following statement:NOTICE
This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.
If a position is not covered, then the employer is prohibited from inquiring about criminal records on the job application. After reviewing the application, employers may inquire about an applicant’s criminal history but they must also give the person an opportunity to explain that history.
Before making a final decision, employers must consider the following:
Effective July 1, 2018School Employees Must Get Background Checks Every Five Years
Tennessee passed Senate Bill 2014 which states that anyone who applies for work as a teacher or any other position that will work with school children or children in a care program must pass a background check before being hired and undergo subsequent background screenings every five years. This involves:
The background checks will be used to help determine the subject’s suitability for employment at a facility where they will work with children. This law also applies to potential contractors and volunteers.