what data can be expunged?

Expungement seals access to written or electronic data involving arrest or charge.  This includes  arrest record,  booking or arrest photographs or any reference to an arrest, charge or other record.  Information System or other governmental index references for public records searches. The person seeking expungement must name any entity they believe may have information about a charge.  Example: if an individual applied for a job at a factory and was not hired due to the background check; that individual will be required to name that employer in their petition for expungement in order to seal that portion of their record. The expunged data will seal the personal identifiers such as true name, any aliases, address, date of birth and Social Security number.

how can expungement impact employment

Today’s job market  is very competitive.  It is worth the expense to remove references to  criminal arrest etc. The Missouri expungement law states that, except in certain situations, an individual whose record has been expunged is not required to disclose the record on applications for employment. This also applies to credit or other applications. Expunged records must however be disclosed under this expungement law, if the employer is required to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions from employment due to federal or state law, including corresponding rules and regulations.