The ability of employers to obtain a person’s criminal history has been simplified with the availability of online background check services. These information companies have organized criminal court records into extensive national databases that can be searched by name and date of birth. This new technology allows potential employers, licensing agencies and professional organizations to conduct a quick and thorough background check of your criminal record in moments.
Though Governor Brown signed AB 218, effective July 1, 2014, which bars public sector employers from asking about criminal records on employment applications, job applicants should be aware that this California measure does not apply to private businesses. However, local ordinances may include “ban the box” laws which prohibit some private businesses from including criminal record questions on job applications.