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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Missouri

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Karen R. Glickstein, Polsinelli


  • Criminal background checks are required in certain home health care and daycare fields. See Background Checks.
  • While there is no statewide limitation on criminal history inquiries, one Missouri city places significant restrictions on private employers. See Columbia Ban the Box Law.
  • Missouri recognizes a cause of action for negligent hiring. See Negligent Hiring.
  • Employers may conduct preemployment drug and alcohol screening in accord with federal law. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • There is a mandatory E-Verify requirement affecting public employers in Missouri as well as businesses that contract with the state. See E-Verify.