MN Government Shutdown and the Background Check Impact

Jason Morris

As you all know from reading our various articles on EmployeeScreen University, the State Government is critical to employment screening.  For starters, it must be operational to conduct any type of accurate background check in that jurisdiction.  For example, if a county court house is closed, one can’t enter said courthouse to pull records.  Well this week is no exception, due to budget negotiations, the Minnesota state government has hit a standstill and shut down operations.  Businesses can’t hire new employees because they can’t screen people properly.

Shutdown Creates Block on Background Checks

Some health care providers are struggling to do their jobs during the government shutdown.

State computer systems that let health care providers check the backgrounds of new hires have been shut down, so there’s no new way to bring on staff members.

The company can’t hire the caregivers needed, so they have to use existing staff to fill needs.

Home health care providers say they’re expected to take new clients during shutdown but are under state rules to not accept clients unless they have the staff to provide that care.


Jason Morris

A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.