Will your state enact ban-the-box laws in 2015?

2015 Box Ban Laws ImageIn 2014, several states and metro areas instated laws that prohibit public employers from immediately disqualifying candidates that carry a criminal record. An employee criminal history disclosure is no longer required on initial job applications in Washington D.C., New Jersey, and Delaware, all of which passed ban-the-box laws this year, as did cities in New York, Maryland and Missouri, just to name a few. While businesses prepare to wrap up the year, it’s a good time for human resource departments to take a look at their hiring policies and documents to make sure they’re in compliance with existing ban-the-box laws. Thirteen states currently have state-wide laws requiring public companies to remove the “have you previously been convicted of a crime” question from job applications. Another 17 states are piecing together ban-the-box laws city by city. Not only should your HR employees ensure that your business is complying with current laws, they should also keep abreast of what new ordinances and laws may be going into effect at the beginning of the year. They also need to keep track of the laws that are being considered in their cities or states, as they may need to adjust hiring policies if those pieces of legislation pass muster. HR departments can stay on top of all this by reviewing the public records after city council meetings, and regularly checking out the docket of cases to be heard by the state legislature. They can also review existing application processes, including when background checks are conducted and what the application document requires for those with previous convictions. If ban-the-box laws are already in place in your area, but your business has not enacted policies for ensuring those with employee criminal history records aren’t discriminated against, failing to do so could cause the business to be fined for lack of compliance, as some Minnesota businesses found over the past year. To learn more about how to hire the best talent and conduct employee criminal history background checks without breaking your state’s ban-the-box laws, contact Mind Your Business today. Photo credit: The National Employment Law Project]]>

You May Also Like

Check out these additional posts from Mind Your Business.

Is the National Criminal Database Search Enough?

When conducting a background check, the first step is often searching the National Criminal Database. Also known as the Multi-State or the National Search, this search type pulls information from thousands of databases and jurisdictions. It is often the cheapest option and commonly mistaken as the “all-inclusive” background check. Many companies unknowingly rely on only…
Read More

FYI FRIDAYS: What is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

We were able to announce earlier this month that we would offer live scan digital fingerprinting to our clients. MYB has been conducting name-based background checks for over 24 years. This natural progression will allow us to service more industries and provide an all-inclusive background screening service.  It is important to dive further into the…
Read More

Mind Your Business, Inc. Announces Convenient Fingerprinting Program Solutions

Extensive nationwide live scan fingerprinting services provides streamlined solution for MYB customers  March 1, 2021 Hendersonville, N.C. — Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB), a worldwide leader in background screening, drug testing, EEO investigations, and administrative services is excited to announce the introduction of extensive fingerprinting services to its repertoire of core capabilities. This new service offering will…
Read More

Quality and Precise Results, On Time!

Let us know about your screening needs to get a custom quote. We work with businesses big and small as well as the government. Which means we have a package of solutions for your organization as well.