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New York employers protected by new negligent hiring law

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in Hiring,Human Resources

There’s good news for employers that, in good faith, hire employees with criminal records. Gov. David A. Paterson signed a new law that makes it harder to use an employee’s past criminal record as proof that an employer was negligent in hiring that employee.

The law makes it a rebuttable presumption that the past conviction should not be introduced into evidence in a negligent-hiring or retention lawsuit. The law took effect on Sept. 4, the day Paterson signed it.

The new legislation protects employers that made a good-faith determination that hiring the employee was appropriate.

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