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Criminal Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know About Massachusetts’ New CORI Law

By Brian E. Lewis, Richard I. Greenberg and Susan M. Corcoran
  • April 26, 2012

Massachusetts employers must comply with a wide range of new obligations when the remainder of the Commonwealth’s Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform law takes effect on May 4, 2012. The primary change will be the creation of a state-run “iCORI” database available to all employers, along with a complex set of rules governing how employers and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) may access and use criminal record information. These new requirements follow the initial part of Massachusetts’ CORI reform law — known as the “ban the box” provision — which, as of November 2010, required employers to remove all questions about an applicant’s criminal record or criminal history on “initial written employment applications” (with certain limited exceptions). Our Special Report describes the specific provisions of the second stage of the CORI reform law and what Massachusetts employers must do to comply.

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