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This blog has been written by Roy Maurer of SHRM. Pre-Check is re-posting it with permission. Roy Maurer | firstname.lastname@example.org Employers that conduct background screens need to keep up as states expand the types ofcriminal records eligible for sealing or expungement. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., recently proposed to wipe clean the arrest records of people who were not later convicted. Her plan joins a spate of efforts dubbed second chance or clean slate bills that would limit employers access to criminal records of arrests without convictions, minor misdemeanors and even low-level felonies, to improve ex-offenders job prospects. Most states allow for criminal records to be sealed or expunged, although laws vary by state. Some states do not permit expungement, or they allow expungement under very limited circumstances. Dealing with sealed or expunged records can be tricky for employers conducting background screens because of differences in state laws and the
In the latter half of 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued changes to the Ban the Box rule, which included prohibiting agencies and employers from inquiring about an applicants criminal history until the agency or employer has made a conditional offer of employment to the applicant. Ban the Box quite literally refers to removing the box on job applications asking if the applicant has a criminal record. Now, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has created guidelines that Human Resources agencies and hiring managers must comply with. Employee Protection from Discrimination Under the Civil Service Law, employees are protected from discrimination based on conduct that does not adversely affect their job performance. However, agencies and hiring managers can take convictions into account when determining an applicants suitability for a job. A conviction that has no bearing on job duties or performance may not be the basis for discrimination for or against anyone. Requesting
Employers: Have you heard about the Ohio Houses House Bill 187? Its proposal is to protect the privacy of employment applicants; however, it could also make the hiring just a little bit trickier you. House Bill 187: According to 2017 BARNES THORNBURG LLP, House Bill 187 provides that no employer may request an applicants Social Security Number, date of birth, or drivers license number before making an offer of employment. The Problem: You might already see why this new bill could be frustrating for employers. These are the key pieces of information employers and Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) use to check criminal records, driving history, credit history, previous employment, and more. The bill does state that an employer may obtain information for these background screening reasons, but this is unrealistic because it forbids employers from providing this information to third parties, like us. If House Bill 187 becomes law, employers will undoubtedly have to begin