Background Checks in Action: Louisville

The value of employment screening is highlighted in Louisville, Kentucky where a background check for the head of a transit authority could have saved a lot of personal pain and public money. Ferdinand Risco was the head of the Transit Authority of River City (“TARC” or “Transit Authority”), a job he started in started in… Continue reading Background Checks in Action: Louisville

Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Last month, to coincide with Second Chances Month, the Brookings-AEI Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform issued a report, A better path forward for criminal justice: Training and employment for correctional populations.  Brookings and AEI are often at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but they teamed up to create a working group for thought… Continue reading Brookings, AEI Issue Essays on Second Chances and Incorrect Assumptions about Background Checks

Most Americans Agree: Second Chances Make Sense

A new survey from the talent acquisition company, Kelly, shows that 70% of “Americans say employers should eliminate blanket-bans that automatically reject job seekers with minor, non-violent criminal offenses on their record.” This national sentiment is reflected in President Biden’s proclamation of Second Chances Month. CDIA agrees that, as President Biden said, America’s criminal justice… Continue reading Most Americans Agree: Second Chances Make Sense

Virginia AG, Tenant Advocates, Apartment Assn. Create Model Tenant Screening Policy

In April 2020, at the end of both National Fair Housing Month and Second Chance Month, Virginia Attorney General Herring (D) and “partners in the housing industry” launched “a new tool that will reduce housing discrimination and increase housing stability and options for Virginians with previous nonviolent convictions.”  The initiative was announced in a press release by… Continue reading Virginia AG, Tenant Advocates, Apartment Assn. Create Model Tenant Screening Policy

Supporting Second Chances

CDIA values second chances. Too many people leave incarceration without the proper skills to reenter society. One company leading the way to help the formerly incarcerated have an easier reentry is JPMorgan Chase. The company said it will steer more than $7 million toward organizations that provide job- and life-skills training to the formerly incarcerated.… Continue reading Supporting Second Chances

FTC and CFPB to Landlords: Follow the Moratorium

The acting heads of the FTC and the CFPB sent joint notification letters to the nation’s largest apartment landlords, which collectively own more than 2 million units, reminding them of their obligations under the ongoing national eviction moratorium put in place as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  These letters were summarized in a press release. … Continue reading FTC and CFPB to Landlords: Follow the Moratorium

To increase credit visibility, a new solution is offered

Adam Levitin, a law professor at Georgetown, recently posted to the creditslips blog about an interesting idea to bring more underserved consumers in to the financial mainstream. Levitin writes that The Biden administration could substantially reduce the number of “credit invisible” and “thin file” consumers without legislation, simply through a determined use of federal contract… Continue reading To increase credit visibility, a new solution is offered

Philadelphia bans most credit checks for employment; Imposes new obligations

A recent blog from Jackson Lewis highlights key changes to Philadelphia’s Unlawful Credit Screening Practices in Employment ordinance and the city’s Fair Criminal Record Screenings Standards ordinance (FCRSS), commonly referred to as the “Ban the Box” regulation. Changes took effect on March 21, 2021, and April 1, 2021, respectively. The regulations supplement the governing requirements… Continue reading Philadelphia bans most credit checks for employment; Imposes new obligations