Vol. 3 No. 3
DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE CHECK–WHY THE FOURTH CIRCUIT’S OPINION IN BLAIR V. DEFENDER SERVICES, INC. SHOULD NOT DETER NORTH CAROLINA EMPLOYEES FROM EMBRACING FORTHCOMING “BAN THE BOX” LEGISLATION
By: Isaac Sturgill
The article addresses issues surrounding negligent hiring of employees and workplace violence. “Ban the Box” is a national grassroots movement focused on reforming government hiring policies to eliminate questions about job applicants’ criminal histories from public-employment applications. With the increased possibility of North Carolina legislation restricting employers’ ability to conduct criminal background checks on prospective employees, many are concerned how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit would rule with respect to an employer’s duty to reasonably investigate a prospective employee’s background.