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Old 03-26-2015, 08:09 PM
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Default Politicians to Keep Folks with Old Criminal Records from Driving Uber Cars

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Eight members of the U.S. Congress have asked Uber Technologies, Lyft and Sidecar Technologies to adopt fingerprint-based background checks of their drivers, describing the procedure as “more comprehensive and harder to fake.”

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Uber, Lyft and Sidecar currently contract with private companies to conduct background checks, which run Social Security numbers against county-by-county online records, according to the Congress members.
In California and a few other states, private companies are banned from reporting criminal info that is over seven years old. If all parole or maybe prison time was completed over seven years ago, the crime should not appear on most background checks.

By requiring the use of federal fingerprint databases, which are not covered by these laws, even decades-old convictions will show.

In California, they are also trying to pass a state law:

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The issue of background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers remains controversial, with a proposed state law that would tighten requirements as well as a taxi lawsuit against Uber claiming false advertising, largely based on its driving screening.

AB24, sponsored by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Los Angeles, would compel ride-hailing companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar to obtain fingerprint background checks similar to those used for taxi, limo and bus drivers.
In their defense, I think if someone was convicted of a serious crime, and say, was jailed for ten years, their record should show up forever.

The problem is that the United States has no method, like the UK does, to sort the bad convictions from everything else. Folks who spent a few months in jail for a minor crime shouldn't be screwed for life.

If you can't be a taxi driver, what can you be?
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It does not say Uber cannot hire those drivers. What it DOES do is obligate Uber to do actual checks, something that has not been occurring up to this point in time...
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It does not say Uber cannot hire those drivers. What it DOES do is obligate Uber to do actual checks, something that has not been occurring up to this point in time...
I doubt many folks with a felony would get hired, no matter how long ago it was or how unrelated to the job. One article says:

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There have been several reports about loopholes that have led to Uber approving drivers with criminal histories including felony convictions.
OMG, felony conviction! What a scandal!

The article that expresses my viewpoint is called "Haunted by the Past: A Criminal Record Shouldn't Ruin a Career."

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Recent lawsuits, including one brought by prosecutors in California, have proposed that Uber could improve its background checks by fingerprinting job applicants and accessing criminal history information from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI criminal history databases. Unsurprisingly, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, whose members compete with Uber and are themselves subject to fingerprint-based screening, also supports this proposal. And now, even members of the U.S. Congress are demanding that companies like Uber adopt fingerprint-based background checks.

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In the words of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, “each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done.” In the rush to screen out a few dangerous individuals, companies might be unfairly slamming the door on millions of hardworking people who are qualified and deserve access to job opportunities.
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Off Topic...but: Please post links to every article you've quoted. Or pm them to me and I'll insert them....otherwise this is copyright infringement.
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