“Ban the Box” Laws Expand to a Federal Level with Presidential Approval

On December 20th of 2019, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions that would enact “ban the box” policy on a federal level. These provisions within the act as known as the “Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019” simply known as the “Fair Chance Act”. The new…

Top 4 Trends in Background Screening for 1QT 2019

The first quarter of 2019 is already behind us if you can believe it! I love our industry because it doesn’t stay stagnant, in fact it’s very fluid with laws always changing (sometimes more than just once in a year). This means that as a company we have to stay ahead of the curve to not only navigate these compliance waters with our clients but also maintain strict procedures with state and federal regulators.

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…

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,…