Tag Archives: Employment Applications

Michigan Ban the Box Bill would Prevent Employers from Asking about Felony Convictions on Job Applications

Legislation under consideration in Michigan – HOUSE BILL No. 4366 – would “Ban the Box” on job applications that employers use to ask applicants about felony convictions with certain exceptions, according to a report on MLive.com. The complete text of HOUSE BILL No. 4366 is available at http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/htm/2013-HIB-4366.htm. Continue reading

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs

In order to reduce unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians with arrest or conviction records, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit requesting criminal record information on initial employment applications for local and state government jobs. The text of AB 218 – which will take effect July 1, 2014 – is at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB218/. Continue reading

Businesses Can Background Check Job Applicants Affordably to Avoid Bad Hires Says Safe Hiring Expert

Business owners can perform background checks on job applicants without a great deal of expense to avoid “bad hires” of “employees from hell,” according to an article on the Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel website that features suggestions from safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen. The full article – ‘Employment Screening Resources: How to avoid hiring employee from hell’ – is available at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/capitola/ci_22907219/employment-screening-resources-how-avoid-hiring-employee-from. 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

Ban the Box Movement Removing Question about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreads Across United States

In December 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware became the latest U.S. cities to join the growing “ban the box” movement when the City Council passed legislation that eliminated the check box asking about criminal history from job applications for the city. Pittsburgh joined other U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC in banning the box. Reports from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reveal more than 40 cities and counties and seven states 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. This growing trend is Number 3 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

Ban the Box Act would Prohibit Most Employers from Asking Applicants about Criminal Records until Job Offer

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 a criminal record. Introduced by Representative Hansen Clarke (D-MI), H.R. 6220 would allow employers to check an applicant’s criminal record only if the job duties in question “may involve an unreasonable risk to the safety of specific individuals or to the general public.” The text of the bill is available here: H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012”. Continue reading

Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Effective May 4 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has launched a new Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request service online called ‘iCORI’ that will allow individuals and organizations to request and obtain Massachusetts criminal offender record information over the Internet. For more information about iCORI, one of the main provisions of the new CORI Reform law that took effect on May 4, 2012, visit the DCJIS web page at: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dcjis/. Continue reading

Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information CORI Reform Law Provisions Take Effect May 4

On May 4, 2012, many of the new provisions of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Law, Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010 signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in August of 2010 will take effect. Commonly known as ‘CORI Reform,’ the law changes who will have authorized access to CORI and how CORI will be accessed.  As a result of the CORI Reform, the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) will replace the existing CORI system with a new secure, web-based system called ‘iCORI’ that should be available on May 7, 2012. Continue reading

California Assembly Bill 1831 would Prohibit Local Governments from Asking about Criminal History on Initial Job Applications

A new piece of California legislature – Assembly Bill No. 1831 (AB 1831) – would prohibit local governments in the state “from inquiring into or considering the criminal history of an applicant or including any inquiry about criminal history on any initial employment application.” AB 1831 would only authorize a local government to consider the criminal history of a job applicant “after the applicant’s qualifications have been screened and the agency has determined the applicant meets the minimum employment requirements as stated in any notice issued for the position.” California Assembly Bill 1831 is available at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1801-1850/ab_1831_bill_20120222_introduced.pdf. Continue reading

Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater Scrutiny by EEOC

With a recent survey showing nine out of ten employers conduct criminal background checks on some or all job candidates, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting in July 2011 examining the use of arrest and conviction records by employers for criminal background checks to determine if the practice was an unfair and discriminatory hiring barrier to job seeking ex-offenders. The EEOC’s actions, coupled with the growing “Ban the Box” movement seeking to remove the criminal history question from job applications, shows that employer use of criminal records is under fire now more than ever. This is Trend Number 1 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading