NYC Council Continues to Debate Credit Check Bill

We have reported before about legislation pending before the New York City Council to largely ban the use of credit checks for employment.  Given the widespread support for the bill on the council, there is still what the New York Times calls, a Bumpy Road for Bill to Ban Credit Checks for Job Applicants.

SHRM Data Shows Employers Make Careful Use of Criminal History Information

In July 2012, the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”) released a study on employer use of criminal histories.  Of the 69% of employers that do conduct a criminal background check on employees, SHRM reported 69% consider criminal histories because the position requires a fiduciary duty or financial responsibility; 66% consider them for positions where… Continue reading SHRM Data Shows Employers Make Careful Use of Criminal History Information

Employers Believe in Second Chances

We know from data from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) that employers believe in second chances and make careful, thoughtful decisions in hiring ex-offenders.  We applaud businesses to take the necessary steps to hire ex-offenders. The SHRM data backs up nationally a survey we recently discovered in locally from Idaho.  In 2005 the… Continue reading Employers Believe in Second Chances

House Holds Another EEOC Hearing

On March 24, 2015, there was a hearing on a package of EEOC reform bills before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.  The committee took testimony on four bills: H.R. 548, the Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2015; H.R. 549, the Litigation Oversight Act of 2015; H.R. 550,… Continue reading House Holds Another EEOC Hearing

ULC Drafting Committee Starts its Work

The Uniform Law Commission’s Criminal Records Accuracy Drafting Committee announced its first meeting.  The committee will meet in Washington, DC on March 27 and 28.  CDIA’s Eric J. Ellman is an official observer to the committee and will be on hand for the meeting. For now, the committee is still focused on data collection and reporting at… Continue reading ULC Drafting Committee Starts its Work

Uniform Law Commission Begins Work on Criminal Record Accuracy

In 2012, the Uniform Law Commission began a study of criminal records accuracy and formed a study committee to consider whether a drafting committee should be formed to create a model state law on criminal record accuracy.  CDIA objected to the study committee report calling for the creation of that drafting committee.  In January 2014, the… Continue reading Uniform Law Commission Begins Work on Criminal Record Accuracy

GAO Report: Private Companies Face Challenges from Government Records

In March 2015, the GAO issued a report, Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used for Employment-Related Background Checks, GAO 15-162.  The report looked at, among other things, the FCRA protections for consumers and regulations of employers and background check companies.  The report concluded that The use of private companies… Continue reading GAO Report: Private Companies Face Challenges from Government Records

CDIA as a Panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences

In Feb. 2015, CDIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs, Eric J. Ellman, was a panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences.  The Washington, D.C. summit was sponsored by the American Bar Association and the National Institute of Justice.  Eric’s panel, Criminal Records in the Digital Age, was a lively discussion that included… Continue reading CDIA as a Panelist at the 1st National Summit on Collateral Consequences