Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Hiring Policies to Be Featured on Jan. 18 Audioconference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Hiring Policies to Be Featured on Jan. 18 Audioconference

Article excerpt

Audioconference speakers will discuss the following new municipal hiring policies:

Boston

The City Council adopted an ordinance stating that the city and private vendors that do business with the city cannot conduct a criminal background check as part of their hiring process until applicants are found to be "otherwise qualified." The ordinance also requires that final employment decisions include information about the individual's criminal record and consider the age and seriousness of the crime and the "occurrences in the life of the applicant since the crime(s)." In addition, the ordinance creates the right to present information related to the "accuracy and/or relevancy" of the criminal record.

Chicago

After the release of a report by a Mayoral Policy Caucus on Prisoner Reentry, Mayor Richard Daley announced several major initiatives, including reform of the city's hiring policies. All city agencies are now required to take into account the age of an individual's criminal record, the seriousness of the offense, evidence of rehabilitation and other mitigating factors before making hiring decisions.

Minneapolis

On December 22, 2006, the City Council passed a resolution requiring the city to "make a good faith determination as to which specific positions of employment are of such sensitivity and responsibility that a background check is warranted." In those cases where a criminal background check is then required, "the city will not conduct that check until after the applicant is determined to be otherwise qualified for that position. …

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