Massachussetts “Ban the Box” Law Takes Effect November 4, 2010

Nick Fishman

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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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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