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 […]

Employers Spend 1 Million Hours per Year Managing I-9 Forms

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Most human resources professionals are familiar with the complexities of managing the Form I-9. From ensuring proper completion of the form to verifying identity documents to proper document retention, the Form I-9 process remains a burdensome process for employers. Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimated that organizations spend approximately one million hours […]

Does Requiring a High School Diploma Violate ADA?

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In November 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an informal discussion letter that addressed whether employers that require a high school diploma as a condition of employment may be discriminating against individuals who are unable to earn a high school diploma due to a learning disability. The letter indicated that organizations that […]

3 Gaps in Small Business Background Checking

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While the adoption of employment background checks by small business is increasing, many employers may still be exposed to risk with an inadequate background checking program. According to the HireRight Small Business Spotlight, 95 percent of survey respondents are currently requiring a background check or planning to start performing background checks. Many small businesses recognize […]

Massachusetts Employers Face New Obligations When Conducting Background Checks Involving Criminal History Records

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Authors: Christopher Kaczmarek, Carie Torrence, and Joseph Lazazzero Effective May 4, 2012, the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Act (the Act), which was enacted in August 2010 with the controversial “ban the box” legislation, will significantly change the way employers access, use, and maintain information obtained through the Commonwealth’s CORI system. The Act […]