California recently enacted one of the more specific and rigorous laws protecting against employment applicants for potential disparate impact, just as the opinion over the hiring of ex-cons has softened. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com states: "Now, more than ever, is the time to stay fully diligent regarding hiring policies and the use of criminal records as part of the pre-employment background check, as laws protecting against disparate impact will continue to remain in the headlines for the foreseeable future."
Long a leader in protectionist law, California has recently enacted new rules protecting individuals for potential disparate impact.
Key to the California law is the specific use of criminal records as part of a pre-employment background check. FULL RELEASE