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 …Continue reading "Bank Worker Fired Under Strict FDIC Guidelines after Background Check Uncovers Minor Crime from 1963"
A federal district Court in Maryland has ruled that an employer sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for alleged discriminatory use of criminal background checks and credit histories in hiring may compel the EEOC the testify regarding the agency’s own use of criminal records and credit information for employment screening. The ruling EEOC …Continue reading "EEOC Must Testify On Own Use of Criminal Background Checks and Credit Histories for Employment Screening"
New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012” – would prohibit most employers from asking about or checking a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment and would “ban the box” that job applicants are asked to mark indicating whether they have …Continue reading "Ban the Box Act would Prohibit Most Employers from Asking Applicants about Criminal Records until Job Offer"
To help Human Resources professionals understand the new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records, background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) webinar titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the …Continue reading "Background Check Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Guidance Compliance in PIHRA Webinar August 10"
Background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in a live 90-minute webinar and teleconference titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act and State Laws’ on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 …Continue reading "New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance and Background Checks Discussed in Webinar on August 1"
Since a deadline date of July 1, 2012, in an effort to give ex-convicts a second chance for employment, a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance in the City of Detroit has implemented a new hiring policy that requires business vendors and contractors to remove the criminal record question on job applications to qualify for future contracts. …Continue reading "Detroit Ban the Box Ordinance Requires City Vendors and Contractors to Remove Criminal Record Question on Job Applications"
Nearly seven out of ten organizations – 69 percent – conduct criminal background checks on all of their job candidates while 18 percent conduct criminal checks on select job candidates and 14 percent do not conduct criminal checks on any job candidates, according to a new survey titled ‘Background Checking—The Use of Criminal Background Checks …Continue reading "SHRM Background Check Survey Finds Nearly 70 Percent of Organizations Conduct Criminal Checks on All Job Candidates"
A new background check policy at Penn State University (PSU) that took effect July 5, 2012 – HR99, “Background Check Process” – requires final job candidates and third-party employees who are offered employment to undergo a criminal background check that includes a criminal history check and child abuse record check before approval, according to a …Continue reading "New Penn State University Background Check Policy Calls for Criminal History and Child Abuse Record Checks"
Starting July 1, 2012, new legislation in Indiana – House Bill 1033 (HB 1033) – restricts criminal history reporting in background checks by prohibiting certain pre-employment inquiries, restricting the types of criminal history information that employers and background check report providers – also known as “Consumer Reporting Agencies” (CRAs) – can obtain from Indiana state court …Continue reading "New Indiana Law Restricts Criminal History Information Reported in Background Checks Starting July 1"
The new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 issued on April 25, 2012 could impose undeserved liability and risk on employers by placing them in an irreconcilable “Catch 22” situation where they will have …Continue reading "New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks Could Place Employers in Catch 22 Situation"