The use of criminal background checks for employment purposes has become increasingly common over the past decade. According to a CareerBuilder survey from 2016, 72% of employers run some type of background check on every new employee. Of the employers using background checks, 82% are vetting new hires for criminal history.Employers often expect criminal history searches to include all run-ins a subject has ever had with the law, including misdemeanor convictions, felony convictions, and arrests. Many background screening companies do not include arrest information in their background check reports.Why are arrest records excluded from these checks, and how can employers review arrest history information if they wish to do so? This white paper answers these questions and provides state-by-state information on the proper use of arrest histories for employment decisions.