Washington State is the most recent to enact a Ban the Box law.
The Washington Fair Chance Act, signed into law on March 13th, effective as of June 7, 2018, prohibits employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position.
Find out what Ban-The-Box Laws are and how they apply to your business
Ban-the-box is a movement that aims to encourage employers to consider a job candidate’s qualifications first before considering their criminal record. This campaign allows previously incarcerated applicants a fair chance in the job market by delaying the opportunity for employers to review a conviction or arrest record.
One of the best methods for validating personal identifiers.
Consent-based social security number verification (CBSV) is one of the best methods for validating personal identifiers. CBSV is a fee and consent-based validation service that is administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Typically, this verification is used by companies that provide banking and mortgage services, process credit checks, provide background checks, satisfy licensing requirements, and other similar services.
An overview of commonly used Identity Verification Systems
Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) verifies whether SSN holder’s name, date of birth, and SSN match the SSA’s records by returning a match verification of “yes” or “no.” If records show that the SSN holder is deceased, a death indicator is returned. Does not verify an individual’s identity. CBSV was developed and is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). CBSV cannot be used as a substitute for Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.
Additional Legislation to reduce barriersto employment for people with criminal conviction histories
California AB 1008: California has joined many other states in enacting additional legislation to reduce
barriers to employment for people with criminal conviction histories. AB 1008, approved by Governor Brown on October 14, 2017, effective January 1, 2018, adds a section to the Fair Employment and Housing Act applying to employers with five or more employees.