Know Your Rights

These rights apply to all workers - regardless of immigration status (unless otherwise stated).

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Most employers are able to access pending charges and prior convictions (up to 10 years for felonies and 5 years for misdemeanors) on your CORI (“Criminal Offender Record Information”) report. Some employers who serve vulnerable populations, like nursing homes, are statutorily mandated to have more access. Employers will also receive murder, manslaughter and sex offense records without any time limitation.
Massachusetts employers can refuse to hire you because of your criminal record, however, employers must provide a copy of your CORI report before questioning you about it. You have the right to contest the accuracy and relevancy of the record.