EEOC Pays the Price for Messing with Texas

There was a positive development this week in Texas v. EEOC.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit reversed and remanded the district court’s dismissal of Texas’ complaint challenging the EEOC’s guidance on the use of criminal histories for employment checks.   The Court ruled 2-1 that the state has standing to challenge the guidance,… Continue reading EEOC Pays the Price for Messing with Texas

Strong Public Support for Criminal Background Checks

We are pleased to see yet another poll supporting criminal backgrounds checks. The latest survey was reported by reported by KOAM-TV (CBS) in Joplin, Missouri.  Sterling Talent Solutions released the results of a survey on employment background checks which overwhelmingly demonstrates that the vast majority of Americans support and expect employers to conduct regular background… Continue reading Strong Public Support for Criminal Background Checks

You don’t love “Fair Chance Hiring,” you love the idea of “Fair Chance Hiring”

CDIA does not oppose ban-the-box legislation, so long it is narrowly tailored and focused.  Yet, ban-the-box legislation is not without its critics.  For example, Derek M. Cohen, the deputy director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and its Right on Crime campaign, made a blog posting criticizing Austin’s Fair… Continue reading You don’t love “Fair Chance Hiring,” you love the idea of “Fair Chance Hiring”

Eric Holder Picks Name-Based Checks Over Fingerprint Checks

Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General under President Obama, wrote three letters in June 2016 to local and state officials urging them not to require fingerprint-based background checks for purposes unrelated to law enforcement.  These letters were reported in The Hill. “When I served as U.S. Attorney General, I asked Attorneys General in every state… Continue reading Eric Holder Picks Name-Based Checks Over Fingerprint Checks

Proposed CORI Reform, Fails to Reform

In Massachusetts, the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) regulations are complicated and cumbersome. The Department of Criminal Justice Information Service solicited comments on proposed amendments to the CORI rules.  Yet, the attempts to reform the rules have failed in the proposed rules. The CORI revisions were driven by Executive Order 562 which, by its very… Continue reading Proposed CORI Reform, Fails to Reform