The California State Assembly is expected to vote on Senate Bill 1262 (SB 1262) – legislation that would help stop delays in criminal background checks by allowing public access to identifiers used to match individuals to court records – during the week starting Monday, August 8, 2022. SB 1262 was passed by a unanimous vote by the California State Senate in May 2022.
NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 1, 2022: The California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 1262 (SB 1262) on August 31, 2022, according to the webpage for SB 1262 on the California State Legislature website. The bill will now head to the desk of California Governor Gavin Newsom for final approval.
SB 1262 would help companies that conduct criminal background checks for employment purposes since they usually search court records for identifiers such as date of birth or driver’s license number along with the subject’s name so they can be sure they are looking at the correct records to comply with accuracy requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Introduced by California State Senator Steven Bradford (D-35th District) in February 2022, SB 1262 would amend Section 69842 of the California Government Code to read (in part): Publicly accessible electronic indexes of defendants in criminal cases shall permit searches and filtering of results based on a defendant’s driver’s license number or date of birth, or both.
SB 1262 was proposed in response to the May 2021 California Court of Appeals ruling in All of Us or None v. Hamrick that a date of birth or driver’s license number could not be used to identify an individual when searching a court’s electronic criminal index. The ruling based on California Rules of Court, Rule 2.507 made criminal background checks in California more difficult.
The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a non-profit organization that represents the background screening industry – supports the passage of SB 1262 and has urged PBSA members and companies performing background checks in California to immediately contact their Assemblymembers to discuss their support for SB 1262 before the vote.
A survey titled “Background Screening: Trends in the U.S. and Abroad” released in August 2021 by the PBSA and HR.com indicated that criminal background checks were the most common type of background screening used by employers. The survey found that 93 percent of those organizations surveyed said they relied on criminal background checks when screening.
ClearStar – a founding member of the PBSA that is accredited by the PBSA – is a leading Human Resources (HR) technology company that specializes in background checks, drug tests, clinical tests, and occupational health screening. Like the PBSA, ClearStar supports the passage of California Senate Bill 1262. To learn more, contact ClearStar today.
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