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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Why Job Seekers Need Fair Chance Hiring Policies

Susan Stephens was a normal American who in 2007 was accused by an ex-husband of committing a crime that resulted in a felony charge. Her attorney at the time advised her to plead guilty assuring her that in her line of work (social worker) and no other previous crimes, this one conviction and probationary period…

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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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Top 4 Background Screening Trends for 2017

“Ban the Box” It is only a matter of time until employers will have to completely do away with the question on an employment application inquiring about previous criminal convictions. Currently over 100 jurisdictions and the federal government acknowledge the “ban the box” movement. Employers should be proactive and jump on the bandwagon! Compliance and…

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L.A. City Fair Chance Act Aims to Help Ex-Felons

As a way to help ex-felons obtain jobs, avoid relapse, and allow successful integration back into the job market, the city of Los Angeles, CA is considering a proposed law that will bar employers from asking applicants for their criminal history on applications. Similar legislation has been passed in more than 50 cities and states,…

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“Ban the Box” – 5 Steps to Prepare Your Company Now

The “ban the box” movement has spread like wildfire throughout the United States. Each week it seems that either a new state or city has jumped on the bandwagon. Employers should prepare for this new trend even if they operate in a state or city without current “ban the box laws.” Here are a few…

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Previous Salary History Questions in Massachusetts

Employers in Massachusetts may no longer inquire about previous salary history during an interview. The Pay Equity law requires commonwealth employers to compensate men and women equally based on comparable work. The law also prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their previous salary history as part of the screening process. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito…

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Richard Branson’s Push To Hire Ex-Offenders

The Billionaire behind Virgin Group is making a strong move to encourage businesses to hire job applicants with previous criminal convictions. Richard Branson has actually been an advocate for years, claiming hiring former criminals “increases the talent pool, lowers the price tag of re-offending, nurtures entrepreneurial spirit, and contributes to safer communities.” Not only does…

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