10/28/2010 New CORI Regulations Take Effect for Massachusetts Employers on November 4th

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All those that employ people in the state of Massachusetts please take note that part of the new CORI reforms announced last August go into effect on November 4, 2010.  Specifically, the “ban the box” portion of the law.  As of November 4th employers may no longer inquire on an applicant’s criminal background on an initial employment application.

Please note that this part of the law applies to all employers in the state, not just those using the CORI system for criminal background checks.

Other parts of the law which do not take effect until February 6, 2012:

  • Felony convictions older than or prison sentences completed more than 10 years ago will be removed from the system as will misdemeanors older the 5 years
  • An employers can only take adverse action after they have presented the candidate with the CORI report
  • Any employer that conducts five or more background checks on an annual basis must have a written criminal offender record policy
  • Employers must dispose of an individual’s CORI report not more than 7 years after their last date of employment


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  • Charles Mustone

    Felony convictions older than or prison sentences completed more than 10 years ago will be removed from the system as will misdemeanors older the 5 years
    Other parts of the law which do not take effect until February 6, 2012:

    Had a felony conviction in 1997 and got probation.
    My employer of 9 years wants to do a cori check

    Will this be removed after Feb 6 2012 or do I have to get a lawyer to do this……