Business forum: 'Ban-the-box bill' advances in the Minnesota Senate

  • Article by: JOSEPH SCHMITT and VEENA IYER
  • Updated: May 5, 2013 - 11:38 AM

Under legislation, Minnesota employers would walk a tightrope in the use of criminal background checks.

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newsloverMay. 6, 13 1:07 PM

There is no reason why an employer shouldnt be allowed to know before investing the time into offering a position then finding out they are a criminal. I agree that at times people with a history that have changed are treated unfairly but honestly shouldnt the employer know before investing time money and effort if there has been a nasty enough crime to dismiss them?

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basia2186May. 6, 13 8:08 PM

I am a landlord that won't re.t to felons. Don't have to, never will. I never have a unit vacant because the tenant in my 8 plex behave. Multi-housing has inherent risks due to proximity a.d trust. This is a stupid bill. If I were still an employer, here comes the profiling. Big mistake socialists.

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gjacobMay. 7, 13 8:28 AM

I would like to see a bill where employers cannot search for questions they cannot legally ask. In my recent position, I was required to consent to a background check as a condition of employment and they knew about a traffic ticket I got 3 years prior for an illegal U-turn. Between criminal, credit and whatever else they pulled, they knew far more than the law should allow.

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falcon1681May. 7, 13 2:43 PM

Criminal histories should be available to law enforcement personnel for law enforcement ONLY.

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adogzheartMay. 9, 13 4:27 PM

Employers have a right to know about the backgrounds of the people they hire as a way to protect themselves and others. This will only lead to racial profiling and other means to screen applicants. I answer questions for ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs at my blog: http://jailtojob.com/wordpress

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jd55604May. 9, 13 5:38 PM

As long as law enforcement is allowed to keep public and LE only permanent records of peoples' arrests, charges and convictions with no way for someone to have them erased this problem is only going to get worse. These LE record systems were initially designed to keep track of career criminals yet it's morphed into a data collecting monster that will constantly hound someone seeking employment who was charged with a lone misdemeanor for stealing hubcaps back in 1974. We need to put some limits on what data our government can collect and for how long.

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