Showing Posts In "Expunging Records" Category

New York State Contractor Is Said To Threaten Privacy Of Millions With Outsourcing

The lease on an Albany warehouse holding fingerprint records and other personal information collected from 22 million people was about to expire, and the state needed to digitize the files. The contract for the job required that employees responsible for scanning the records pass background checks and protect the security of the documents. Focused Technologies […]

Gov. Nixon Signs Executive Order To “Ban The Box” In State Employment

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment to sign Executive Order 16-04, to lessen barriers to individuals with criminal histories attempting to enter the workforce, lower recidivism rates and improve public safety. The executive order will “ban the box” in state employment by placing questions relating to criminal history later […]

Proposed Amendments To Fair Credit Reporting Act

Two new bills affecting credit reporting and the use of credit reports for employment purposes are working their way through Congress. If passed, the bills would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The first, The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2015, H.R. 4172, would allow for increased reporting of customer payment information by […]

Uber Settles Lawsuit With San Francisco and Los Angeles Over Driver Background Checks

Uber agreed to pay up to $25 million to settle a 2014 lawsuit filed by city officials in San Francisco and Los Angeles who argued that the ride service gave customers a “false sense of security” by touting its background checks as the toughest in the industry. The suit, brought by San Francisco District Attorney […]

Wisconsin Employers Targeted for Technical Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Within the past year, one Wisconsin resident has filed several class-action lawsuits against Wisconsin employers. In each case, the plaintiff filed a class-action lawsuit against the employer in Wisconsin federal court on the grounds that the employers had violated the FCRA by not providing a proper disclosure. In both cases, the defendants moved to dismiss […]

New Expunged Record Law Limits Background Checks

North Carolina’s new Expunged Criminal Record bill will affect what questions employers may ask on job applications and during the hiring process. The law prevents most employers from asking about crimes and criminal charges that have been ex­­punged from job applicants’ records. The law doesn’t bar employers from asking about arrests and convictions that have […]

State Destroying Online Court Records, Raising Debate Over Privacy, Consistency

Pennsylvania has removed millions of public records from a state court system website. State officials say they are treating the electronic copies like paper ones, which are destroyed after a certain period of time. Records of serious crimes are still kept for decades. Edward Spreha, a Harrisburg-based defense attorney, said the change would make it […]

Federal Grants to Expunge Criminal Convictions

Within the next two years, more than 5,000 U.S. minors and young adults could have their criminal records expunged with the help of $26 million in federal grants, which means that their future employers may never know about their convictions. Expungement removes from the justice system all information about criminal history-including fingerprints, trial records, and […]

“Second Chance” in Indiana Part Deux: Law Restricts Use of Sealed and Expunged Criminal Records

The latest changes to the Indiana “Second Chance” law went into effect on July 1, 2013, and were brought about by Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1482 (the “Act” ), and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May 2013. The new law applies to both Indiana-based employers as well as employers who hire […]

New Law on Expunging Records Helps Michigan’s Juvenile Offenders Make a Clean Start

Juvenile offenders can now get their criminal records expunged under a bill that received rare, unanimous agreement in the Michigan legislature. The law allows juvenile offenders to request that their records be cleared if they have three or fewer misdemeanors or one felony conviction. Prior rules allowed for the request on only one misdemeanor. Offenders […]

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