Massachusetts’ Criminal Offender Record Information Law, known as CORI, has recently been amended, affecting how employers can conduct criminal history checks. The new regulations attempt to define “Criminal Offender Record Information”, excluding “published records of public court, judicial or administrative proceedings” from the definition. The regulations also explicitly exclude information related to criminal proceedings for offenses before the individual turned 18 years old. Finally, there are also changes to the collection, use, and destruction of CORI Acknowledgement Forms, including allowing electronic collection and requiring the destruction of the acknowledge forms. Employers are advised to review these changes with legal counsel and with those conducting background checks.
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