35% of voters say lack of gun laws and access to guns is a reason mass shooting happen more often in the United States than other countries. 42% say the federal government can do a great deal to reduce gun violence in the U.S. 42% believe it is not at all likely Congress will pass gun legislation this year. 71% think the U.S. government has the ability to reduce gun violence. 37% approve of President Donald Trump’s response to the shootings. 46% think the Trump administration has made the country less safe from mass shootings. … [Read more...] about Fox Poll: 90% Favor Criminal Background Checks
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In two recently filed lawsuits, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has taken the position that criminal background checks should have limited use in the hiring process. In both lawsuits, the EEOC alleged that an employer engaged in unlawful discrimination by refusing to hire any job candidate with a criminal conviction. According to the EEOC, an employer’s refusal to hire a candidate solely because he or she has a criminal conviction disproportionately screens out African Americans from jobs. The EEOC also alleged that such across-the-board policies are not job-related and consistent with business necessity. The outcome of these lawsuits will seriously impact how employers conduct pre-hiring background checks on employees in the future. … [Read more...] about Are Criminal Background Checks Illegal?
In West Virginia, inquiries into criminal convictions should not request information regarding convictions or records that have been expunged or sealed by a court. Employers should provide applicants with a disclaimer stating that a conviction record will not necessarily be a bar to employment. Also, applicants will need to consent in writing to a criminal background check in this state. … [Read more...] about Ensure Criminal Background Checks On Job Applicants Are Non-Discriminatory and Lawful
More recently, the EEOC announced that transportation company, J.B. Hunt, had agreed to settle a race discrimination charge filed by the EEOC in part by modifying its hiring policies to comport with the EEOC's updated guidance on criminal background checks. The settlement came through a conciliation process over a claim that a single African-American candidate was denied a truck driver position based on a criminal conviction record that the EEOC believed was unrelated to the truck driving. The EEOC reviewed J.B. Hunt’s hiring practices as part of its investigation, and the conciliation resulted in not only a private settlement with the job candidate, but also in the company changing its policy on applicants with conviction records. … [Read more...] about Criminal Background Checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Aggressive Posture Towards Them
Most employers use these checks primarily out of safety and security concerns for their employees and customers. More frequently, however, employers are using the checks to screen out applicants who will be placed in positions with access to confidential information such as your personal financial information, social security numbers, credit card information, medical information, etc. – information which has been used in the ballooning crime of identity theft. … [Read more...] about EEOC Hearing On Employer Criminal Background Checks Portends Upcoming Changes to the Hiring Process