You May Not Use Criminal Non Convictions For Employment or Housing Decisions

The California Assembly Approved SB 393 to Seal Records The California Assembly approved a bill that would seal arrest records prohibiting employers/landlords from using non-convictions as a hiring or housing decision. The Assembly approved Senate Bill 393 (Consumer Arrest Record Equity Act) to seal arrest records and eliminate barriers to housing and employment for those…

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Revises Hiring Process for Scientists

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revising their hiring process by making it significantly more difficult for international scientists to gain employment for research opportunities. The FDA has instructed hiring managers not to extend any employment (including for fellowship and/or contractor positions) to any person who has not lived in the United States for at…

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New York City Prohibits Employers from Asking About Salary History

Just like the “ban the box” movement, a new bill is being passed in several cities and states that ban employers from asking job applicants about previous wages earned. The New York law signed by City Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 4, 2017 will prohibit employers from asking a job applicant about their salary…

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Using Background Checks for Permissible Purposes

Employers Permissible Purpose for Using Background Checks When employers engage a third party company to conduct employment background checks, the first question that should be asked by the vendor is what your organization’s permissible purpose is for pulling these reports. The only logical answer for using background checks is for employment purposes; however, employers also…

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Background Screening Policy

From “ban the box” compliance to position specific searches, here are five important items to add to your organization’s background screening policy: Ban the Box Compliance – It is only a matter of time before every employer nationwide must adhere to “ban the box” regulations; be proactive and add this to your screening policy. Social…

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Connecticut Jumps on the “Ban the Box” Bandwagon

Connecticut has become the latest state to implement a statewide “ban the box” legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity “at the onset of the employment process.” The new law titled Public Act No. 16-83, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” states that employers may still conduct criminal background checks; however…

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