Ohio Employers Beware: Proposed Senate Bill Would Hurt Employment Background Screening Efforts

Nick Fishman

As we reported in an entry from earlier this month, State Senator Shirley Smith of Ohio has proposed a piece of legislation that seeks to expunge or seal certain felonies off the records of those with convictions. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such proposed legislation, however in most cases the crimes the seek to seal are usually for one time offenders with non-violent convictions. And most of the time, these efforts are squashed when the ramifications are considered.

Well, this time Senator Smith has greater reaching goals. It is being reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that her proposal includes expunging crimnal records including felonies such as manslaughter, reckless homicide, domestic violence, stalking and abduction. Does this really sound like a good idea? I think not. This bill would in essence clean the records of felons with such convictions and leave employers blindfolded when considering such candidates for jobs, posing them with potential threats to their employees, clients and their overall businesses. See article below.

Bill would give felons second chance

As both an employer in the state of Ohio and an employment screener, we are going to do something about this. We have already begun a letter writing campaign to our State Senators and Congressmen urging them to consider the consequences of this measure. We intend to rally the support of our clients who conduct background checks in the state of Ohio to do the same. We will reach out to relevant media outlets and advocate on behalf of all employers in the state of Ohio.

Interested in getting involved? Please email us at info@employeescreen.com

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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  • MsKO

    The ramifications of continuing to outcast criminal offenders is far greater threatening to our society than shielding their criminal records. Once an offender has served their time according to our laws, ideally, that would be the extent to their repayment of their debt to society. Continuing to shun these individuals from the right to pursue happiness by discriminating against them on the basis of prior criminal activity, should be outlawed and violates their rights. If a person has no available options to secure employment, how are they supposed to survive? This type of ignorant self-centered thinking that vies for their discrimination is one of the main causes of criminal activity. By disallowing them to reenter society, you are facilitating more criminal activity in our society by giving ex-felons no other choice but to rob steal and kill. The more human capital available to our society, the better our economy will be.

  • carrie

    I am tired of being discriminated on because of a stupid choice i mad at an early age. Just because someone does have a felony does not mean they are a corrupted individual and who is to say they have not earned a second chance. I have been in college for 5 years persuing a degree in Nursing. I am blessed to have people in higher positions that allowed me to do my clinicals in a hospital. I am an honest, hard working woman that will be a great nurse, but it is difficult to show my great qualities to people when the first thing they judge me on is my f5. I have a 3.4 gpa and i am skilled in my work. judge me on this not a mistake i made and have carried on my ecord for over 10 years.