The EEOC’s April 25, 2012 updated enforcement guidance on the use of arrest and conviction records by employers has generated renewed and substantial interest in the controversial subject of criminal background checks in the context of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although it is important for employers to review the EEOC’s updated guidance, employers also need to be mindful of the increasing number of related state laws. The latest of these laws is Indiana House Bill 1033, which, starting July 1, 2012, will, in part: (1) prohibit certain pre-employment inquiries; (2) restrict the types of criminal history information that employers and background report providers (known as “consumer reporting agencies” or CRAs) can obtain from Indiana state court clerks; and (3) restrict the types of criminal history information that CRAs can report to employers in background reports. The apparent purpose of the new law is to limit the universe of Indiana criminal record information available to employers among other entities.

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