Posted By Barry Nixon on January 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm
A growing number of states and localities have enacted laws that restrict employers from considering certain types of criminal records in hiring and other personnel decisions. Though many of these laws are more recent, Pennsylvania’s Criminal History Record Information Act (“CHRIA”) has been on the books for more than three decades. The law, which prevents employers from considering applicant convictions that do not reasonably relate to the position, has increasingly been the subject of litigation in the last year.
Pennsylvania employers should continue to exercise caution when making employment decisions regarding job applicants and employees with criminal records given the recent rise in CHRIA cases.
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