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Recruiting: North Dakota

Recruiting requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Joel Fremstad and Lynn Block, Fremstad Law Firm


  • North Dakota provides resources for employers looking to make the most of the recruiting process. See Job Service North Dakota.
  • Employers may not post job ads that screen out certain persons except in limited circumstances where doing so is a bona fide occupational qualification. See Employment Advertising.
  • North Dakota law has prohibitions on discrimination with respect to marital status that go beyond federal law. See Marital Status.
  • Private employers may offer a veterans preference in employment if they wish to do so. See Veterans Preference.
  • Early in the recruiting stage, employers must be careful to determine whether the relationship is employer-employee or principal-independent contractor. See Independent Contractors.
  • North Dakota employers recruiting teens, ages 14 through 17, must be aware of North Dakota state laws limiting the hours and types of work that such employees may perform. See Recruiting Minors.