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Working From Home, School Background Checks, Ban-the-Box Law

In today’s Weekend Roundup, we take a look at how companies will decide to transition back into the office or continue to work remotely. In other headlines, two public schools in New Orleans violated state law on employee background checks, and lawmakers are introducing a nationwide “ban-the-box” bill. Click the headlines below to learn more.

After COVID-19, Should You Keep Working From Home?
If you are offered the opportunity to keep working from home on a long-term basis, should you take it? Only 11 percent of employers in a recent Conference Board survey report that they expect to require all their workers to return to the office over the long term—although 27 percent of respondents said their plans were unknown—and about a third say that 40 percent or more of their workforce will be primarily remote. Other estimates suggest that after the pandemic, 25 percent of work time will be from home, versus 5 percent before the pandemic.

NOLA Public Schools: Two Charter Networks Violated State Law on Background Checks
James M. Singleton Charter School failed to conduct criminal background checks for some of its employees and employed someone ineligible to work at the school because of a criminal conviction, according to a Wednesday letter to the school from the NOLA Public Schools district warning that the school’s practices on background checks violated state law. The district letter also said that the Louisiana State Police could not confirm the validity of a number of background checks in the school’s files.

Lawmakers Introduce National ‘Ban-the-Box’ Bill
New legislation would encourage states to implement “ban-the-box” policies that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history before an offer of employment is made. Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and David Trone, D-Md., introduced the Workforce Justice Act on March 3. It would give states three years to remove from private-sector employment applications the question that asks job seekers to disclose criminal history; noncompliant states would stand to lose criminal justice funding.

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