Hawaii Enacts HB 2243

On July 1, 2014, Hawaii enacted HB 2243 which allows qualified entities to request state and national fingerprint-based criminal history record checks on their applicants for employment, employees and volunteers who provide care for children, vulnerable adults, or individuals with disabilities and receive the results directly. A qualified entity is defined as a business or organization…

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Rochester NY Bans the Box

Recently the City of Rochester voted to Ban the box for public and private employers. The legislation prohibits most employers from conducting a criminal background check or otherwise inquiring into an applicant’s criminal record until after an initial interview. The legislation affects all employers in which the primary place of work is located within the…

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State Requirements for Conducting Background Checks HHa

Recently OIG released an evaluation regarding home health agencies’ (HHa’s) employment of individuals with criminal convictions. The purpose of the report was to identify State background check requirements for home health agencies’. The survey found that, of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, 41 States require HHAs to conduct background checks on prospective…

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Baltimore Ban The Box Update May 20 2014

On May 15, 2014, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed legislation to ban the box for private employers. This legislation prohibits certain employers from conducting a criminal background check or otherwise inquiring into an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional offer of employment has been made. The ordinance affects all employers that employ 10 or more…

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