Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation requiring school volunteers in Rhode Island to undergo a state criminal background check, according to a report by the Providence Journal available at http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/05/chafee-signs-bill-requiring-background-checks-for-school-volunteersready.html.Continue reading "Rhode Island to Require State Background Checks for School Volunteers"
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 …Continue reading "Minnesota Extends Ban the Box Provision Removing Criminal Record Question from Job Applications to Private Sector Hiring"
A new California privacy case underscores the need for employers to respect the privacy of job applicants and maintain confidentially, regardless of whether information is shared in written form or in conversation. Although the case did not involve background checks, it concerned discussion of an employee’s personal medical condition with co-workers. The case is Ignat …Continue reading "New California Case Underscores Employers Confidential and Privacy Obligations Regarding Employment Screening Background Reports"
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 …Continue reading "Minnesota Ban the Box Bill Regarding Criminal Records of Job Applicants Sent to Governor for Signature"
Legislation pending in in the state of Texas – Senate Bill 990 (SB 990) – would prevent private companies that compile criminal history information in a database that is available in a searchable format from maintaining or sharing information about expunged records once they have received notice that the record has been expunged. The bill …Continue reading "Texas Bill Seeks to Prevent Private Criminal History Database Companies from Reporting Expunged Records"
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 …Continue reading "Maryland Becomes Latest State to Ban the Box Asking Questions about Criminal History from Job Applications"
Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly – SB13-018, the “Employment Opportunity Act” – that specifies the purposes for which consumer credit information such as consumer credit reports and credit scores can be used by private sector employers or potential employers with four or more …Continue reading "Colorado Employment Opportunity Act Specifies Permissible Use of Credit Reports by Employers Starting July 1"
South Carolina state labor department officials have cited 323 businesses for violating a 2011 law requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system to determine if newly hired employees can work legally in the United States, according to a report on The State website. Less than 10 percent of companies that were …Continue reading "More than 300 South Carolina Businesses Cited for E-Verify Violations"
In a move that could significantly limit access to public court records, a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts proposes to charge a $10 fee on nearly every court file requested by members of the general public – including journalists and court researchers who review a large amount of files for …Continue reading "Access to Public Court Records in California Threatened by Proposed Search Fee in Trailer Bill"
Legislation recently introduced in the New Jersey Senate – Senate Bill No. 2586, ‘The Opportunity to Compete Act’ (OCA) – would “ban the box” asking about criminal histories on job applications and restrict questions by employers about criminal records of current employees or applicants. The OCA would also prohibit employers in New Jersey from inquiring …Continue reading "Ban the Box Legislation Introduced in New Jersey to Restrict Criminal History Questions for Employment"