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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Vermont

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

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

Author: Wanda I. Otero, Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP


  • Employers must be sure to comply with the Vermont Fair Credit Reporting Act. See Credit Checks.
  • Background checks generally may be conducted only after a conditional offer is extended, but are mandatory for certain types of employment. See Criminal Background Checks.
  • State employers may not ask criminal history questions on job applications. See Ban the Box.
  • Vermont law forbids the use of polygraph tests with certain exceptions. See Polygraph Tests.
  • Employers may condition job offers on negative drug tests, but must ensure that the testing satisfies certain criteria. See Drug Testing.
  • Vermont bans the use of HIV-related tests as a condition of employment. See AIDS Testing.