Posts Tagged: ban the box

Status Report: “Ban the Box” and the Challenge for Employers

Despite how some may make it sound, spreading Ban the Box laws do not prohibit employers from using criminal background checks. Instead, the laws are designed to keep the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime?” off job applications to give applicants with a criminal history a greater chance of getting through an employer’s… Read more »

A How-To for Individualized Assessments

As you may already be aware, the EEOC is advising employers to use individualized assessments in cases where criminal history might be used to exclude a job applicant. The aim of the EEOC is to induce employers to look more at individual factors that might mitigate the impact of a conviction to avoid discrimination, and… Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions about Background Checks

Both employers and employees have questions about how background checks work, and how the law regulates them. It’s not always easy to get clear answers because there are so many agencies and stakeholders involved. A good place to start in understanding background checks is to know how the Federal Trade Commission’s and Consumer Financial Protection… Read more »

4 Key Criteria for Evaluating an Applicant’s Criminal History

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EEOC policy and the various Ban the Box statutes around the country share the common characteristic of requiring employers to adopt background screening procedures that are sensitive to individual-level circumstances. For example, the EEOC Guidance, which is important because Federal law pre-empts state and local statutes regarding discrimination, recommends using a so called, individualized assessment… Read more »

Ban the Box Momentum Claims San Francisco

In the past week the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors passed an aggressive version of Ban the Box legislation. This new ordinance would go beyond many similar laws to include private businesses, and it explicitly incorporates provisions taken from the 2012 EEOC guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring. The “Fair Chance”… Read more »

The Employment Screening Process: A Bird’s Eye View [Infographic]

Now more than ever, employers are urged to define and use an employment background screening process that is fair to candidates, passes muster with the EEOC, and also mitigates employment risks. We realize this is far easier said than done, especially given the loosely-defined guidelines of the EEOC. Our latest infographic helps to pull the… Read more »

Employment Background Checks and Recidivism: Is there a connection?

According to the Department of Justice, “Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in the re-arrest, re-conviction, or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner’s release.” The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that two-thirds of ex-offenders will be rearrested for new crimes within three years… Read more »

Philadelphia to Enact “Ban the Box” Law for Employment Applications

The recently announced Philadelphia law, which will go into effect on July 17th, 2011 will “ban the box” on employment applications. The “box” in question is the question commonly found on employment applications that asks applicants to check if they’ve been convicted of a crime. What does the “ban the box” law say, specifically? The… Read more »