Preemployment Screening and Testing: South Carolina
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Meryl Gutterman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.
- Employers may consider prior criminal conviction records when making employment decisions. See Arrest and Conviction Records.
- Applicants for certain positions in South Carolina are required to undergo criminal background checks as a condition of employment. For example, criminal background checks are required for applicants who will have contact with students. See Mandatory Criminal Background Checks.
- South Carolina requires that all employers enroll in the US Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of new employees. See E-Verify.
- Private employers that do not make use of the federal E-Verify system are subject to a number of potential penalties from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. See Failure to Comply.
- Columbia has local requirements pertaining to preemployment screening and testing. See Local Requirements.