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New Criminal History Regulations Coming to California

On March 27, 2017 the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved new regulations relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions. These new regulations will go into effect on July 1st of this year. In addition to restating the existing bans on the use of criminal history in California (like using criminal history information to make decisions on hiring, promotion, and termination), the new regulations also... Read More

ILLINOIS PASSES “BAN THE BOX” ACT

“This past Monday, July 21, 2014, Illinois joined Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island as the fifth State to enact a so called “ban the box” law.  Signed by the Governor, the law will take effect on January 1, 2015. Called the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, the law prohibits private sector employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record or history until after the employer has scheduled an interview.... Read More

NO BACKGROUND CHECK FOR ADDICTION COUNSELORS IN CALIFORNIA?

“California’s lax system of credentialing drug and alcohol counselors has allowed convicted sex offenders, embezzlers and people with their own substance-abuse problems to work with vulnerable clients, according to a new report from the state Senate’s oversight office. With demand for treatment services expected to grow as the federal health care law takes effect, Monday’s report by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes found that... Read More

EEOC CRIMINAL HISTORY GUIDANCE PASSED

The EEOC Criminal History Guidance just passed by a 4-1 vote.  Mega Group Online will update you as more information regarding this guidance becomes available.  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