Mayor Jim Kenney signed three bills amending Philadelphia’s background screening ordinances to expand coverage, eliminate exceptions and change certain procedures.
For more than 30 years, the authors have been analyzing cases in which lapses in background checks resulted in sometimes catastrophic loss or damage to people, businesses, assets and the U.S. government. Thousands of these individuals passed background investigations either by using someone else’s name, ID and Social Security number, or by lying about degrees, work experience, finances, arrest records or citizenship status.
A California employee who did not disclose on her job application a dismissed conviction for misdemeanor grand theft and was subsequently fired could proceed with her lawsuit.
Hawaii has narrowed the scope of what information employers can consider regarding a job applicant’s conviction history.
Following racially fraught incidents, checking for evidence of racism has become a key litmus test for corporate recruiting and hiring. Companies can no longer afford the fallout of installing candidates with problematic pasts in top positions.
Banking employers can more easily hire job candidates with minor criminal records under a new rule issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).