Skip to comments.Move To Delay Background Checks Stirs Controversy
Posted on 06/07/2014 10:34:57 AM PDT by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Theres a box on job applications that many people dread having to answer.
Every employer makes sure to ask Have you ever been convicted of a felony? and for people with troubled pasts it can be a major hurdle to them turning their lives around.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined a movement to delay background checks on potential employees, so that those with felony convictions dont automatically get nixed from the hiring process. Employers wouldnt be able to ask about any criminal background until after the first application has been completed.
Supporters say the Ban the Box crusade is about giving people a second chance.
Los Angeles is the city of second chances, the mayor said. Somebody might have been arrested for prostitution, they might have been trafficked into it. They might be arrested for drug trade or gotten involved in gangs because they had no parents around. If were a city thats going to be truly compassionate, and most importantly, thats going to move the entire economy forward, we cant leave these folks behind.
All this says is once you give a job offer, of course do background checks on people, make informed decisions, but let them have the chance, Garcetti said.
Jose Arellano says he wasnt able to make it past the initial application during his job search once he marked yes for the box on prior criminal convictions.
I went to prison, I paid my debt to society, said the father of three, with a baby on the way. Hire me or not hire me based on my qualifications, not based on my past.
But opponents, many of them business owners, say its only fair to ask about an applicants criminal background up front. They say the Ban the Box campaign is feel-good legislation that protects criminals at the expense of the public.
And to employers and critics who say I need to know if someone has committed a crime in the past because they could commit a crime against me in the future? CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Randy Paige said to Garcetti.
So could somebody who doesnt have a record. And I can guarantee these folks will be out there on the streets, more likely than not, committing crimes if they dont turn their lives around and theyre trying hard, the mayor said.
The initiative is now in the hands of city staff, who will explore its feasibility. In a few weeks it will be sent back to the L.A. City Council for a vote.
correct me if I’m wrong, but, won’t employers ask details if the box is checked yes? Then, depending on the crime, that would determine what happens?
For example, if the conviction was for some non-violent crime, an employer would not automatically nix that applicant.
On the other hand, an applicant for a job managing company finances, who was convicted and imprisoned for embezzlement, has no place in a similar job again. And the company would have every reason to toss that application in the trash.
Just make it illegal to do background checks on Eric Holder’s people. And mandatory to hire them.
If you ask me, a felony conviction for any reason gives an employer good reason to doubt the applicant’s character, honesty and/or reliability.
And when these felons start stealing from customers, and then the business owners get sued - will the state of Calimbecility pay for the damages?
Liberals are psychotically dangerous to the well being of society.
I would have doubts about the applicants too. Just saying, we should learn the details of the crime.
A person convicted of embezzlement should never have a job where he/she is responsible for money.
A person convicted of crimes against children should never be allowed to work with children.
Common sense should decide who is appropriate for a job, and who committed a crime which eliminates them from certain jobs.
I’d never thought of that!
cause God knows, NOBODY ever committed another crime and went BACK to prison after release... right??? feh
Let’s start with YOUR staff, Garcetti, you lead by example and give it two or three years...Idiot.
Why would businesses want this exposure, and will their insurance policy cover liability if the felon practices his trade while on the job?
The worst thing is how pre-trial intervention is used to keep people’s records clean when they have committed crimes (like theft) that any potential employer should know about. I worked in a job that involved handling cash, and the fact that one applicant had recently stolen a car was relevant to the application process.
These proposals don’t require overlooking the felonies and hiring the felons; I think they just want the person to get their “foot in the door” to the next step (which is an added step for a company that would simply view it as a formality and nix the applicant anyway). As far as I know any employer can run background checks anyway (for a price); this country just doesn’t know what to do with people with criminal pasts, and can’t have them permanently lead lives of crime because there is no alternative.
Affirmative action for former felons. I can see it now...