Legislation has passed as part of the 2019/2020 New York State budget that increases the cost of the criminal history record fees conducted by the Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) Criminal History Records Search (CHRS) Unit to $95 each. The legislation fee increase is now in effect.
Now that ICE has declared that there will be even more I-9 Audits in 2018, what can you expect if you get the Notice of Inspection or a knock on your door? Even though the chances are pretty low, you don’t want to be one of the unfortunate ones.
Most people understand that the primary focus of a background screening company is to find criminal records and accurately report them to the entity requesting the information.
What many may not realize is employers across the nation are actively looking for criminal record activity in order to actually hire a felon.
Ban the Box: LA and Beyond
The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) became law in January 2017. This new initiative will impact employers in LA, but may have far-reaching effects. With employment legislation, California often leads the nation in trends and enforcement, so employers across the country may want to take heed. The ordinance prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made.
The I-9 Form , Employment Eligibility Verification is a standard industry document for employers throughout the U.S. Used to verify an employee’s identity and employment authorization, this form is required of all employers and their employees by federal law.
The current Form I-9 has been utilized since 2013 to determine identity and eligibility, but a recent announcement from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) noted that revisions are in place.