Hiring Delays Expected as California Courts Close and hiring managers face dilemmas this Spring. Courts across the state have closed or limited access, making it difficult for employers to perform criminal background checks on potential hires.
Another consequence of shuttering courts and government offices is the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s decision made last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced nearly 1,700 people in local lock-ups have already been released. This further adds to the complexity of the hiring process in California
as these individuals will need jobs upon their release.to release up to 3,500 non-violent offenders in the next 60 days.
This step aims to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in state prisons. Across the state, county jails are also making plans to follow suit
California Court Closures Causing Long Hiring Delays
Although many businesses are being forced to cut staff due to the pandemic, many essential companies are requiring immediate hiring. Amazon recently announced plans to hire 100,000 additional workers across the country, 12,000 in California alone, due to increased demand for home delivery services. Food delivery companies like DoorDash also are hiring more drivers as restaurants close, and eat-in dining areas are banned. Grocery stores
are also suffering from staff shortages and struggle to keep shelves stocked and cash registers running.
With other California industries facing massive layoffs, as well as the release of inmate
The resulting slowdown of background checks due to the virus is an issue for employers even without the early release of inmates.s, finding job candidates will not be difficult for employers looking to hire essential staff. However, court closures mean delayed background check results, resulting in hiring managers hiring blindly without the verification that their applicants have to disqualify criminal history before assigning a start date.
California Law Makes Criminal Background Checks Difficult For Employers
Under the Fair Chance Act, California hiring managers are not authorized to request job seekers to report on an application indicating whether they have a criminal history ( Ban The Box). Employers can only ask for a criminal history after making a conditional offer of employment. At that point, hiring managers still have limitations in what they can take into account if a record doesn’t come back blemish-free.
According to this act, California law prevents employers from considering any of the following situations on an applicant’s record:
- Detentions that didn’t result in a conviction
- Arrests without a conviction
- Dismissed cases and convictions
- Diversion program referrals and/or participation
- Sealed records of convictions
- Juvenile criminal history
Online Pre-employment Screening Services Can Help
To prevent unnecessary risks, hiring managers must check criminal history quickly when finding an appropriate candidate. To meet this need during the pandemic, online employment screening services, like Pre-employ, have the opportunity to bridge this gap in the hiring process. This helps mitigate some of the after-effects of state and local courts and government agencies being closed.
Pre-employ is actively monitoring court statuses as precautions co
ntinue to be taken by restricting access and closing doors. Our normally proprietary information will be shared publicly here during this crisis in an effort to assist all employers and applicants. Find the status of courts in your area using our interactive map.
Whether a Pre-employ client or not, we want to help in any way we can. If you have any questions about the hiring challenges and the ever-changing roadblocks, Pr