Employers and weed crime pardons: background checks explained

Excerpted from a Bloomberg Law Blog by Paige Smith President Joe Biden’s much-ballyhooed move to pardon people charged with federal offenses for simple marijuana possession could mean renewed hopes for thousands of people with these convictions who may have been denied employment opportunities. The White House said the pardons could impact more than 6,500 people, […]

Veto likely to result in continued delayed background checks in California

Excerpted from a Littler Mendelson PC Blog by Rod Fliegel, William Simmons and Wendy Buckingham The May 2021 court decision All of Us or None v. Hamrick in California has caused significant background check delays in California county courts and left background check companies unable to report some criminal record search results. The gist of […]

Airbnb is banning people with criminal records

Excerpted from a Techdirt Blog by Mike Masnick A story made the rounds recently about how Airbnb effectively banned Bethany Hallam for life. Hallam, an Allegheny County, Pennsylvania councilperson received a notification from Airbnb that a third party it used for background checks had noted a “criminal records match” in doing a background check, and […]

Amazon sued over refusal to hire California sex offenders

Excerpted from a Reuters Blog by Daniel Wiessner Amazon.com, Inc. is facing a proposed class action claiming it illegally used a California sex offender website to conduct background checks on job applicants. Miguel Lerma, who was convicted of rape nearly a decade ago, filed a complaint in Los Angeles federal court last Thursday claiming Amazon […]