EmployeeScreenIQ serves an impressive roster of clients ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to mid-size corporations representing a diversity of industries. So whether you employ people in Michigan, throughout the United States or in over 200 countries abroad, we are your one stop shop for employment background checks.

Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Michigan should know.


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The state of Michigan has 83 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts: Michigan’s district court handle most traffic violations and all misdemeanor criminal cases (generally, cases where the accused, if found guilty, cannot be sentenced to more than one year in jail). The circuit courts handle all felony criminal cases (cases where the accused, if found guilty, could be sent to prison).
  • Appellate Courts: The Michigan Court of Appeals is the intermediate-level appellate court.
  • Supreme Court of Michigan: The Michigan Supreme Court is the highest court in the state. It is Michigan’s court of last resort. In most cases, they review of Michigan Court of Appeals decisions, but the Supreme Court also hears matters concerning attorney and judicial misconduct, as well as a limited number of cases over which it has original jurisdiction.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Michigan are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


Ban the Box

  • Michigan does not have a statewide ban the box law.
  • City and County Ban the Box: Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing, Kalamazoo and Genesee and Muskegon counties.

Credit Reports

Michigan does not have a law that restricts the use of credit reports in the hiring process.

Other Limitations on Screening for Employers

Employers may not inquire about misdemeanor arrests that do not result in a conviction.

Medical Marijuana

The state of Michigan has a law which legalizes medical marijuana.

Social Media

The state of Michigan restricts or limits private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.