Ban the Box Comes to New York City & Oregon

Posted by: Tracy Vrchota July 1, 2015

New York City and the State of Oregon recently joined the growing list of states and jurisdictions to Ban the Box - prohibiting employers from requesting criminal history until later in the hiring process. btb-150x150

Accurate Background’s latest compliance updates outline the key takeaways of this legislation and answer common questions your organization may have. For easy reference, we’ve included a quick summary of the legislation and links to the complete New York City and Oregon Ban the Box Compliance Updates below.   

You can access these Compliance Updates and other recent Ban the Box initiatives on our Legislative Updates page. For additional questions relating to this legislation, please email

Oregon House Bill 3025

Effective: January 1,2016

Key Takeaways

  • Affects any employer in Oregon with 1 or more employees.
  • Employers must not require an applicant to disclose a criminal conviction on the employment application.
  • Employers must not exclude an applicant from an initial interview solely because of past criminal conviction.

Download Our Compliance Update

New York Fair Chance Act/Int. No. 318-A

Effective: October 27, 2015

Key Takeaways

  • Affects any employer with 4 or more persons in their employ.
  • Employers must not inquire about the applicant’s arrest or conviction record until after extending a conditional offer of employment.
  • Employers may take adverse action and rescind an offer of employment but must follow specific requirements as noted below.

 Download Our Compliance Update

Posted by Tracy Vrchota

Tracy Vrchota is the Director of Compliance at Accurate Background and has 20 years of compliance and background screening program experience. Before she came to Accurate Background, Ms. Vrchota was an end user of background screening in the credit card and financial industry. As Director of Compliance at Accurate Background, Ms. Vrchota reviews and audits all internal processes to ensure compliance with FCRA and all Federal, State and Local laws. She provides legislative and compliance education to clients and Accurate Background employees to assist clients in remaining up-to-date on any legislative changes. Ms. Vrchota works closely with Accurate’s Product Development team to facilitate new product development that adheres to the changing compliance landscape. She is actively involved on the Government Relations and Best Practices Committees within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners to monitor proposed and enacted changes in legislation that impact the background screening industry as well as best practices in the industry. Ms. Vrchota is FCRA Advanced Certified through NAPBS has been trained in Six Sigma methodology.