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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Texas Challenges EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt the EEOC a major blow in regards to their 2012 “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment under Title VII.” On June 27, 2016, the court remanded back to the district court the case that was dismissed in 2014. In…

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3 Reasons Why Employers Should Conduct Background Screening Checks Post Offer?

One of the most common concerns we have from hiring executives is regarding when they should run the background check? Before I hire the person or after?  The paradigm has shifted to post-offer with the recent “ban the box” legislation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement.  We will look at three reasons why…

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Career Plaintiff Sets Up Employers Who Violate the FCRA

Career Plaintiff or “Professional Applicant Sets Up Employers Who Violate the FCRA  A 33 year old man of Green Bay, Wisconsin is a career plaintiff that has threatened to sue over 46 organizations that had elected to perform an employment background check on him as part of their hiring process. Cory Groshek has applied to…

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