Kentucky’s New ‘Reentry’ Law Gives Employers Clearance to Hire Workers With Criminal Backgrounds

Incentives for Employers is a Win for Workers JD Supra has a post about a recent Kentucky law that makes it easier for employers to hire people with a prior criminal history. One of the barriers to reentry is the liability that employers might absorb if a person with a prior criminal history recidivates on… Continue reading Kentucky’s New ‘Reentry’ Law Gives Employers Clearance to Hire Workers With Criminal Backgrounds

CFPB Wants to Look at Evictions

Acting Director Dave Uejio sent a message recently outlining his “broad vision for the Division of Research, Markets, and Regulations (RMR).” Many Bureau watchers, who also watch residential screening issues, may have been surprised to see a workstream on the CFPB’s “analysis on housing insecurity, including mortgage foreclosures, mobile home repossessions, and landlord-tenant evictions…” To… Continue reading CFPB Wants to Look at Evictions

Twin Cities Landlords Push Back on Unconstitutional Local Law — Again

As recently reported, “[a] coalition of St. Paul landlords has filed suit against the city in federal court alleging that new residential tenant protections embraced by the mayor and city council are unconstitutional.” In a 50-page lawsuit, 22 plaintiffs are challenging an ordinance passed in June 2020. The Stable, Accessible, Fair & Equitable (SAFE) Housing… Continue reading Twin Cities Landlords Push Back on Unconstitutional Local Law — Again

Ohio’s background check flaws put the public at risk; commercial searches better to protect the public

Ohio residents have been “falsely lulled into feeling secure with Ohio’s and the federal background check system,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein in November 2020.  The state-maintained background check database is missing substantial amounts of criminal history information.  As reported by Courthouse News, “a minimum of 27% of Ohio felony convictions in 2015 were… Continue reading Ohio’s background check flaws put the public at risk; commercial searches better to protect the public

Minneapolis landlords denied preliminary injunction

We have reported before on a legal challenge in federal court to the Minneapolis restrictions on criminal background checks of prospective tenants. The landlords’ request for a preliminary injunction was denied by the Court, but the plaintiffs live to fight another day.

Another public records victory; this time in Arkansas

We posted before about CDIA’s defense of public records in Arkansas in an amicus brief before that state’s supreme court. Our brief was with the Coalition for Sensible Public Records Access (CSPRA) and the Sue Weaver CAUSE, in support of a case brought by the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA).  The court ruled in our… Continue reading Another public records victory; this time in Arkansas

NYC seeks to ban criminal background checks for landlords

Councilman Steven T. Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights) introduced Intro. 2047-2020, a sweeping proposal that, according to the official summary, “would prohibit housing discrimination in rentals, leases, subleases, or occupancy agreements in New York City, on the basis of arrest or criminal record. Landlords and real estate brokers would be prohibited from inquiring about criminal record information… Continue reading NYC seeks to ban criminal background checks for landlords

PASS to success

CDIA and PBSA have joined forces to support Public Access Software Specifications (PASS). PASS leverages technology to improve the quality, accuracy, and efficiency of public records. In today’s economy, a greater demand for and policy concerning background screening, as well as more precise legal standards, is putting greater demands on public access from the courts.… Continue reading PASS to success