Criminal History – When Is it Legal To Ask?

“Ban the Box” legislation is putting a halt on employers asking about criminal history during specific parts of the hiring process. Be sure you know when it is legal to ask about criminal records. See the latest Ban the Box update below and stay tuned to our HR Solutions Blog  for more!

An Update to Recent Ban the Box Legislation:

Philadelphia: Previously, Philadelphia’s ordinance applied to employers with 10+ employees, and required the employer to postpone any discussion or inquiry of criminal records until after the first interview.  The new amendment effective March 14, 2016 will require most employers with at least one employee in Philadelphia to, among other things, postpone any discussion or inquiry of criminal records until after a conditional offer of employment is extended.

Related Cases and Violations:

New York: Attorney General Schneiderman announced settlements with two major national retailers, Big Lots Stores and Marshalls, to “Ban the Box” on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores.  “The settlement will ensure that both companies comply with the local Buffalo law that prohibits employers from inquiring into criminal history on initial employment applications.  In addition to satisfying the requirements of the local ordinance, both companies have taken the additional step of removing such inquiries from applications to any store in New York State.”

States to Watch:


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New Book “The Rise of HR”

We attended an Ann Arbor, MI SHRM Dinner Presentation on March 25th where the speaker was Dave Ulrich. Dave is one of the editors for the new book from the HR Certification Institute called the “The Rise of HR”.  Dave is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School of the University of Michigan, and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.  He has published over 25 books on HR.  HR Magazine has honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for being “the father of modern human resources.”

Dave was brilliant, funny and relevant. And, a great dinner speaker.  Dave focused on the future of HR and the outcomes of effective HR.  He discussed the platform of talent, culture and leadership as well as competence, commitment and contribution.

The book, which Dave gave us permission to distribute, contains a series of essays from 73 Human Resources thought leaders from across the globe.  It focuses on the critical issues transforming Human Resources.  We hope you enjoy it.

The Rise of HR – EBook Click Here

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