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Seattle City Council Passes Job Assistance Bill Prohibiting Automatic Exclusion of Applicants with Criminal Records

In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Seattle City Council has passed a Job Assistance Bill to reduce criminal recidivism by providing job assistance to individuals with previous criminal records. Council Bill 117796 will prohibit public and private employers in Seattle from automatically excluding individuals with any arrest or conviction record from consideration for employment. A news release about the passing of the Job Assistance Bill – which will take effect November 1, 2013 if approved by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as expected – is available at http://www.seattle.gov/news/newsdetail_council.asp?ID=13721. Continue reading

Delaware Bill Would Prohibit Employers from Considering Criminal Record and Credit History of Applicants before Job Offer

Lawmakers in Delaware have introduced legislation – House Bill No. 167 – that would prohibit public employers in the state from considering the criminal record or credit history of an applicant before making a conditional job offer. The bill would also restrict the authority of state and local government agencies to conduct criminal background checks on potential new hires. The full text of House Bill No. 167 is available at http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+167/$file/legis.html?open. Continue reading

North Carolina Expunged Criminal Record Bill Signed Into Law

In May of 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation – Senate Bill 91, Prohibit Expunction Inquiry – that will prohibit employers or educational institutions from requesting that job applicants provide information regarding arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions that have been expunged. The full text of the ratified North Carolina Senate Bill 91, most of which takes effect December 1, 2013, is available at http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S91v5.pdf. Continue reading

Buffalo Council Bans the Box Asking Job Seekers about Criminal Convictions on Applications

The Common Council in Buffalo, New York has voted to “Ban the Box” and make it illegal for employers in the city to ask job seekers if they have been convicted of crimes on applications, according to a story on The Buffalo News website. The Ban the Box measure now heads to Mayor Byron W. Brown for his signature to become law. Continue reading

Minnesota Extends Ban the Box Provision Removing Criminal Record Question from Job Applications to Private Sector Hiring

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota has signed into law Senate File 523 (SF 523) that will eliminate the checkmark box asking about criminal history on most job applications and limit private sector employers in the state from asking about criminal records of job applicants until an interview or a conditional job offer. The new law extends the “Ban the Box” provision that currently exists in public employment to private employers. For more information about SF 523 – which will take effect on January 1, 2014 – visit https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=SF0523&ssn=0&y=2013. Continue reading

Minnesota Ban the Box Bill Regarding Criminal Records of Job Applicants Sent to Governor for Signature

A “Ban the Box” bill approved by the Minnesota House – SF 523 – would prevent private employers in the state from asking about the criminal history of job applicants until an interview or a conditional job offer. The bill has now been presented to Governor Mark Dayton for his signature, according to a report from the Star Tribune available at http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/206699841.html. Continue reading

Maryland Becomes Latest State to Ban the Box Asking Questions about Criminal History from Job Applications

With the signing Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) by Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland became the ninth U.S. state to “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal history from state job applications while also postponing questions about criminal records of applicants until later in the hiring process.  SB 4 removes the criminal history question from state applications and defers the background check to later in the hiring process. To read SB 4, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/sb/sb0004E.pdf. Continue reading

US Senate Confirms New Commissioner of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jenny Yang to serve in the post of Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Her term will expire on July 1, 2017.  A ‘Senate Floor Wrap Up’ for Thursday, April 25, 2013, the date of confirmation, is available at http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/04/25/senate-floor-wrap-up-for-thursday-april-25-2013/. Continue reading

National Database for Background Checks Shown in Movies and Television Crime Programs Just a Popular Myth

The idea that there exists one single “national database” for background checks with accurate and complete criminal record information for every person in America is a “popular myth” fueled by movies and television crime programs, according to a blog written by a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Board of Directors. The blog is available at http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/291939-national-database-for-background-checks-is-a-myth. Continue reading

City of Richmond Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Removing Question about Criminal History from Job Applications

The City Council of Richmond, Virginia has unanimously passed a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance that would to eliminate the question asking job applicants about prior felony convictions on application forms for many city jobs, according to an article on the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch website. Continue reading