Showing Posts In "Criminal Records" Category

Thousands of Offenses Were Not Entered into Database

Missing fingerprints were to blame for more than 675,000 offenses not being entered into Virginias main criminal record database. Defendants were found guilty in around 58 percent of the cases, according to a recent Virginia State Crime Commission report. The Central Criminal Records Exchange requires fingerprints be included with the final court outcome in order […]

Uber Will Run Criminal and Driving History Checks for Every Driver Every Year

Uber has announced that it will run criminal background and driver history checks every year for all of its drivers. Among the companys new safety initiatives are its commitment to ramp up driver screening, the Trusted Contacts ride-detail sharing and 911 access from the Uber app. Uber reassured its clients in a statement that drivers […]

He Was the Perfect Applicant Until We Received the Background

Although it is legal to base a hiring decision on the results of a background check, doing so could lead to a disparate treatment claim or disparate impact claim. Businesses are encouraged to implement a written policy that sets forth what background findings will be disqualifying and under what conditions. Under the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

MASS AG on the Lookout for Prohibited Criminal History Inquiries

Seventy employers are being investigated for violating Massachusettss ban the box law, which prohibits most businesses from asking about job candidates criminal backgrounds on initial employment applications. The Boston-area businesses range from a restaurant chain to a skin care company to a book store. Three of the larger companies were fined $5,000 each and all […]

GAO Asked to Examine Impact of Ban the Box Hiring Policy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been asked to examine whether a federal hiring policy issued late in the Obama administration is having unintended consequences. The late 2016 rules bar agencies from asking about an applicants criminal record (or adverse credit record) as an initial screening question, however concerns have been raised that employers may […]

Washington State Enacts Fair Chance Act

The Washington Fair Chance Act (HB 1298), which becomes effective in June 2018, prohibits employers from obtaining any information about an applicants criminal record until after the employer initially determines that the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. It also makes it unlawful for employers to advertise employment openings in a way that discourages […]

Impending Necessary Ban-the-Box Updates for Criminal Record Inquiries in Massachusetts and San Francisco

Massachusetts enacted the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Act that includes a Ban the Box component. Recently, Gov. Charlie Baker signed amendments that place further restrictions on employers that inquire about prior criminal records. Taking effect Oct. 13, 2018, the important changes include: a provision that an employer shall not inquire into convictions for […]

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Signs Fair Chance to Work Executive Order

County Executive George Latimer recently signed an Executive Order that will help put Westchester residents back to work. The Fair Chance to Work Executive Order prohibits the County from inquiring about past convictions during the initial application process. It is believed the Executive Order will be good for the countys economy by increasing income tax […]

San Francisco Amends Fair Chance Ordinance to Align with Portions of Californias New Statewide Ban the Box Law

In early April, San Francisco amended its Fair Chance Ordinance to align with Californias new ban-the-box law, which requires employers with five or more employees to wait until after a conditional offer of employment is made to inquire about an applicants criminal history, conduct an individualized assessment of an applicants conviction, notify the applicant of […]

Washington Ban the Box Law Limits Criminal Background Inquiries

Washington will become the next state to implement ban the box legislation in June. Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Washington Fair Chance Act (WFCA) on March 13, which prohibits inquiries regarding applicants conviction histories until the employer has determined the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. Some employers are excluded, including those […]

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