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LA VOTES TO BAN THE BOX AND THEN SOME – UPDATE

On January 22, 2017, Los Angeles is set become the latest city to “ban the box,” restricting private employers with at least ten employees from asking applicants to disclose their criminal histories prior to an offer of employment. The Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), adopted last month by LA City Council, will be one of the most restrictive for private employers, going beyond measures set in other parts of the country, including... Read More

LA Votes to Ban the Box

On November 30, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-1 to approve an ordinance which prohibits LA employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional job offer has been made. This ordinance adheres to the nationwide “Ban the Box” movement which calls for the removal of check boxes or questions on job forms that ask a person to disclose their criminal history.  The goal of this movement is aimed at giving formerly... Read More

U.K.: Police ‘Too Busy’ to Check Foreign Offenders’ Convictions

“Foreign criminals are ending up with shorter jail terms than British offenders because police are failing to carry out adequate background checks, a former intelligence chief has warned.  Michael Askew, an ex-superintendent at Scotland Yard’s intelligence bureau, claimed simple checks that could flag up an offender’s criminal history overseas are being overlooked by police who are too busy.  And he said UK citizens are receiving comparatively... Read More

DOD INVESTIGATING MILITARY CHILD CARE CENTERS

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at all military child care centers, after potential problems with security background investigations were identified at the Fort Myer, Va., child development center. Panetta’s announcement followed news the Army is investigating hiring practices at all of its child development centers worldwide. The investigation was prompted by the arrest of two Army employees accused of assaulting... Read More

ARRESTED SENATE INTERN WAS SEX OFFENDER, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

Senator Robert Menendez said he did not know an 18-year-old intern at his office was a sex offender and illegal immigrant until news broke of the intern’s arrest this afternoon.”I just heard … ” Menendez said on MSNBC during a prescheduled interview to discuss immigration reform. The Associated Press reported that federal authorities on Dec. 6 arrested Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, who came to the United States from Peru and... Read More

SHODDY BACKGROUND CHECK COULD COST YOU A JOB

Apply for a job and there’s a good chance that potential employer will do a background check on you. Most U.S. employers (about 70 percent) conduct criminal background checks for all potential employees. According to a new report from the National Consumer Law Center, the information provided by background screening companies is often wrong in some way. “These reports really should be accurate. Unfortunately, too often, what we found is,... Read More

AB 1831, REMOVING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENTS

A proposal to expand California’s “ban the box” policy was introduced on February 24th by California Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. AB 1831 is modeled on the “ban the box” hiring process for state and public employees adopted in 2010.  AB 1831 aims at removing the criminal background check requirements from the initial hiring process for city and county workers across the state. “This bill would prohibit a local agency from inquiring... Read More