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CA Business Owners Must Stop Factoring In Criminal Histories in Hiring Decisions

Criminal Histories in Hiring Decisions

Starting July 1, 2017, employers in California with five or more employees will be prohibited from considering criminal histories when making employment decisions. This ruling comes as part of a new set of regulations set forth by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)—regulations that also prohibit employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex, gender and a variety of other factors.

According to HR360.com, unless specifically permitted by law, California-based employers can no longer consider the following types of criminal histories or seek information on the following from employees/applicants: arrests/detentions without convictions, judicially-dismissed or sealed convictions, non-felony marijuana convictions more than two years old, and arrests or detentions in juvenile court law.

For more information, visit HR360.com.

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