Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Stephanie Roth wrote an article on the pressure employers are facing to forgo inquiring about applicants' criminal convictions during the initial stages of the hiring process. Stephanie notes that the legal landscape is rapidly changing and the requirement of applicants to disclose their criminal conviction records when first submitting an application for employment is being banned ("banning the box"). Further, Stephanie asserts that healthcare providers should not assume that the nature of work provides an exemption to compliance with these laws. She encourages all employers to revise applications to remove "the box" unless its inclusion is required by law.
The full article, "Screening Workers for Criminal Convictions" was published by McKnight's Long-Term-Care News on April 16 and is available online.