CARCO’s SVP, Fred Giles, CPP, Speaking at Cornell University Conference on Criminal Records and Employment

SAVE THE DATE: Cornell University in conjunction with Cornell Law School presents The Richard Netter Conference on Criminal Records and Employment

Frederick G. Giles, CPP, CARCO Group, Inc.’s Senior Vice President, Research Division will speak on a panel at 1:30 p.m. on the topics of: What do Employers Need to Know When Using Criminal Records? What is relevant to Hiring? Employer Fear of Negligent Hiring Suits.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center

16 East 34th Street, 6th floor, New York City

Bringing together social scientists, employee advocates, background checking agencies, employers, employer counsel and government officials, the aim of this conference is to facilitate a frank discussion of the issues, including: background checks and re-entry, the growing “Ban the Box” movement and concerns raised under Title VII and/or the Fair Credit Reporting Act that affect the employment of people with criminal records.

Click here for registration information or download the agenda in progress.

CARCO Group, Inc. is one of only 20 background screening companies that is  NAPBS Accredited!

California Becomes 7th State to Limit the Use of Credit Checks by Employers

California joins Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington as states that limit the use of credit checks for employment purposes.

Governor Jerry Brown signed Bill AB 22 which, as of January 1, 2012, prohibits the use of credit reports by a California employer or prospective employer, except for certain financial institutions, from obtaining a consumer credit report with the exception of the following:

(1) a position in the State Department of Justice,

 (2) a managerial position, as defined

(3) a position of a sworn peace officer or other law enforcement position,

 (4) a position for which the information contained in the report is required by law to be disclosed or obtained,

(5) a position that involves regular access to specific personal information for any purpose other than the routine solicitation and processing of credit card applications in a retail establishment,

 (6) a position in which the person is or would be a named signatory on the employer’s bank or credit card account, or authorized to transfer money or enter into financial contracts on the employer’s behalf,

 (7) a position that involves access to confidential or proprietary information, as specified, or

 (8) a position that involves regular access to $10,000 or more of cash, as specified.

The Bill also requires the written notice informing the person for whom a consumer credit report is sought for employment purposes to also inform the person of the specific reason for obtaining the report.

Cleveland, Ohio Joins the “Ban the Box” Movement

As of September 14, 2011, Cleveland will no longer require candidates for city jobs to disclose felony convictions on employment applications.  Cleveland joins approximately 30 other cities and counties, as well as some states, in an effort to provide fair employment opportunities for all qualified candidates, including those with a criminal past.  

Job finalists will, however, have to undergo background investigations and certain criminal activity could be cause for rejection for certain positions.  Federal and state laws restrict the hiring of  felons for certain jobs, including working with the elderly or children.  According to Stephen JohnsonGrove of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, a nonprofit law firm focused on reforming the state’s criminal justice system, the change is not meant to “put the embezzler in the finance department” or ” put the child molester in the day-care center”.  “What we want to do is make sensible decisions and be transparent about how those decisions were made.”

Alabama Requires All Private Businesses to use E-Verify

On September 28th, a federal district court in Alabama allowed most provisions of a recently enacted Alabama law (H.B. 56, previously reported) to take effect, including a provision which would require all private businesses in the state to use E-Verify by April 1, 2012. That provision of the law was not challenged in the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and several interest groups, but the entirety of the law had been enjoined from enforcement pending preliminary review.