The EEOC’s Criminal Background Screening Guidance 3 Years Later: 5 Lessons Employers Need to Know
October 5, 2015
By definition, guidance is supposed to help resolve a problem. Yet, for employers, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) 2012 update to its criminal background screening guidance has instead created a problem: uncertainty about how to conduct criminal background checks without significant legal risk.
Fortunately, the past three years—especially the EEOC’s efforts to enforce its guidance during that time—have revealed five lessons that can boost your confidence in the compliance of your criminal background screening practices:Read More
NY, NY: If You Can Hire There, You Can Hire Anywhere (Part I, The Fair Chance Act)
I love New York. So do lots of other people who are clamoring to work in the Big Apple, where employment rose by 91,400 in the past year. The city has two brand new background screening laws that are about to shake up the status quo for employers. If you hire, recruit, or screen prospective candidates or employees in New York City, listen up. Things are about to get complicated.
The two laws are the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (SCDEA) which went into effect on September 3, 2015 and the Fair Chance Act (FCA), which deals with criminal history and takes effect on October 27, 2015. Today we’re tackling the FCA—look for Part II on the SCDEA tomorrow. (more…)Read More
Will a Minor Possession Charge Show Up on a Job Seeker’s Criminal Background Check?
October 2, 2015
Employers naturally have a lot invested in the hiring process for their company. They want to make sure they select the very best employee whenever possible.
This of course means ensuring that the person brought in to fill the vacancy is the right fit for the culture of your company, and also does not pose any risk to your business or other employees. This is why it is crucial to understand what is involved in the criminal background check process. Your business invests time and money every time it screens a potential employee, so it is good to understand the possible results of a background check.Read More