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Flurry of New Employment Laws Regulating Use of Criminal Records Continues with Expanded Restrictions in IN, NC, TX and Buffalo, NY

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Released in April 2012, the updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance specifies public policy interests for protecting the employment of ex-offenders in the workplace under “Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963.” Minnesota recently passed its own “Ban the Box” law […]

Seattle Limits Inquiries Into and Use of Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

Seattle Limits Inquiries Into and Use of Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

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As of November 1, 2013, Seattle, Washington will regulate inquiries into criminal records and their use for employment purposes. The Seattle City Council adopted council Bill 117796 (the Ordinance) in June 2013. Employers with Seattle operations should review the Ordinance and its prohibitions. In addition, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two separate impact […]

Minnesota Enacts “Ban the Box Law”

Minnesota Enacts “Ban the Box Law”

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Due to recent amendments, Minnesota will restrict the timing during which private employers may inquire into an applicant’s criminal history prior to employment as of January 1, 2014. The new law does not prohibit inquiring into or considering a candidate’s criminal past, but limits when an employer can do so. Rep. Tim Mahoney stated that […]

9 Auditing Musts to Help Background Screening Programs Comply with the Updated EEOC Guidance

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While criminal background checks remain an important part of the employment screening process, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on how employers should use criminal records in employment decisions. As a result, employers should review their current background screening programs to ensure alignment with the new guidelines. Employers that fail to […]

The Impact of the Massachusetts CORI Reform Law on Employer Background Checks

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Since the passage of the 2010 Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform bill, employers face ongoing changes in their use and access to criminal history information. By enhancing regulations around criminal history checks, the CORI bill aims to create greater employment opportunities for past criminal offenders. CORI reform affects both regular employers and certain […]