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Los Angeles, California, The Superior Court Makes Shocking Announcement

04 Apr

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers in California who do background checks, or use the serviceFebruary 26, 2024

What happened?

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County announced changes in how records are searched for background check purposes. This applies to courthouse kiosks, clerks’ offices, and websites.

What are the details?

Background check companies, also known as “consumer reporting agencies,” rely on searching for criminal background checks in California state courts and other locations. Starting February 26, 2024, the County will no longer include even a partial date of birth as a criterion in its criminal name search engines.

Companies and employers can expect delays and “unperformable search” results if the subject of the background check report has a common name.

Employer decision-making may need to reassess their risk tolerance, given that not all background checks in Los Angeles can be completed. This impact will vary depending on the industry and job role.

Business Considerations

  • Update your practices and procedures regarding background check timeframes.
  • Be more vigilant, as an increased risk of more false positives or people “falling through the cracks” will be far more feasible.
  • As expressed above, expect more delays. It is a good opportunity to review your employment process to incorporate these changes.
  • Review your risk tolerance to work out proper solutions that suit your business.


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