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.