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University of Iowa Criminal Background Check Policy May Expand to Include More Faculty and Staff

More new hires at the University of Iowa (UI) – including faculty positions as well as merit, professional, and scientific staff – could face criminal background checks under a proposed policy expansion approved by the University’s Faculty Council, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. UI’s current background check policy implemented in 2005 applies only to finance or medical positions designated as “security sensitive.” The full article is available on the Iowa City Press-Citizen website at: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20121017/NEWS01/310170036/UI-hires-will-face-criminal-background-checks. Continue reading

City of Newark to Restrict Criminal Background Checks by Employers Beginning November 18

Effective November 18, 2012, an Ordinance passed by Newark, New Jersey will impose restrictions on employers in the city with five or more employees regarding the use of criminal background checks of job applicants. Newark employers will be prohibited from performing pre-job application criminal background checks and denying employment based on criminal background check results conducted post-offer without an individualized analysis of the criminal background using factors listed in the new Ordinance, which is available at: http://www.employmentlawalert.com/uploads/file/12-1630(1).pdf. Continue reading

FDIC Grants Waiver to Bank Worker Fired for Putting Cardboard Dime in Washing Machine in 1963

The Des Moines Register reports that a 68-year-old bank worker in Iowa fired by Wells Fargo after a background check found he had been arrested for putting a cardboard dime in a washing machine in 1963 has been cleared to return to work after being granted a waiver by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The full story, an example of the unintended consequences of tightened bank regulations, is available at: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/10/10/fired-bank-employee-cleared-to-work-again. Continue reading

Ban the Box Policies Removing Questions about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreading in US

Two new reports from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveal that 42 cities and counties and seven states in the U.S. have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions about criminal history from job application forms and delay them until later in the hiring process to ensure that qualified job applicants with arrest or conviction records are not unfairly shut out from employment opportunities. A press release from NELP – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that focuses on issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers – is available at: http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Press%20Releases/2012/PR-Ban-the-Box-Momentum.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

CareerBuilder Study Finds Over 50 Percent of Employers Have Hired Job Applicants with Criminal Records

A study from CareerBuilder of more than 2,000 hiring managers nationwide revealed 51 percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired a job applicant with a criminal record. More information about the study conducted by Harris Interactive©, which also looked at what job applicants with criminal records can do to better their chances of getting hired, is available on CareerBuilder.com®, the largest online career site in the U.S., at: http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-3152-Job-Search-Half-of-employers-have-hired-someone-with-a-criminal-record/. Continue reading

EEOC Alleges Criminal Background Check Policy of Discount Retailer Violates Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has alleged that the criminal background check policy of Dollar General Corp., one of the largest discount retailers in the U.S. with over 10,000 stores in 40 states, has a ‘disparate impact’ on African-American job candidates and employees and violates of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A full report on the story, a prime example of how criminal background checks by employers are coming under greater scrutiny by the EEOC, is available on the Nashville Business Journal website at: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2012/09/10/dollar-generals-use-of-criminal.html. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper to Help Employers Comply with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records

To help employers understand the updated U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen has written a new whitepaper, ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.’ The complimentary whitepaper from ESR is undergoing a controlled release and will be available to employers by emailing EEOCwhitepaper@esrcheck.com. Continue reading

Department of Labor Issues Training Letter to Job Banks on New EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Civil Rights Center (CRC), has issued a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) to public Job Banks and other “covered entities” on complying with nondiscrimination provisions that include new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal record restrictions and disparate impact based on race and national origin. The ‘TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER NO. 31-11’ is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=9230. Continue reading

Proposal would Delay Criminal Background Checks by Employers in Seattle until Later in Hiring Process

A proposal by Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell would prevent most employers in the city of Seattle, Washington from denying jobs to job applicants based solely on their criminal history by delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process, according to a report from KOMO News Channel 4. Continue reading

Bank Worker Fired Under Strict FDIC Guidelines after Background Check Uncovers Minor Crime from 1963

The Des Moines Register reports a 68-year-old man in Iowa was fired from his job as customer service representative at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage after a background check uncovered a nearly half century old minor crime from 1963 listed as “fraud” in which he stuck a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine. The story is the latest about bank workers being fired for minor criminal incidents in their distant pasts under strict new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) guidelines for banking employment. The article is available here: ‘Wells Fargo fires Des Moines worker for laundromat incident 49 years ago’. Continue reading