Newark NJ Wants to “Ban the Box”

Ronald C. Rice of Newark, NJ is trying to pass legislation that will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their previous criminal activity. Affectionately called “Ban the Box” (referring to the box that applicants check when asked if they’ve been convicted of a crime), cities like Philadelphia and Detroit have already adopted this legislation. […]

Proposed Background Checks for DC Employees

Rep. Darrell Issa (Republican – California) introduced a bill on Monday that would institute background checks for Washington DC employees. Due to the increase in “outrageous abuses” in local DC government, Rep. Issa, who also chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would like to follow the model used at the federal level.   […]

You Have a Criminal Record…Now What?

Due to the current economic instability, employers are seeing increased numbers of applicants per vacant position. Therefore, hiring mangers have the luxury of picking the best applicant possible. That said, how does an applicant with a criminal record have a chance at competing with more desirable candidates? Last year alone 16 million Americans faced a […]

Company Settles for $2.6 Million for Violating the FCRA

A trucking company has settled in a class action law suit claiming they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Vitran Express Inc. agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.6 million to settle the lawsuit, which claimed Vitran didn’t disclose to job applicants that criminal background checks were going to be conducted on them. Employers are required […]