Update 2/22/17: We are getting a number of media inquiries for these stories from multiple outlets. If you are a driver who has been unexpectedly or unfairly dropped due to a background check failure, please call us at (781) 817-6332.Criminal Charge in Massachusetts? Call Attorney Russell Matson at (781) 817-6332.
A new background check requirement for rideshare drivers (Uber/Lyft) in Massachusetts is having serious and unexpected consequences for drivers without a perfect driving record, or with some very minor or old criminal incidents. The standards being applied are extraordinarily strict and include non-conviction continuances, which were never meant to follow you for years or decades.
We’ve had quite a few calls from drivers who are shocked to learn they failed the check and are now out of a job. The Commonwealth has pledged to review every ride-hailing drivers background check under this new standard by April 3, 2017, and follow up with routine rechecks of drivers every six months to catch new incidents.
Governor Baker’s stated goal is to make this strict new checks “the most comprehensive in the country”.
But do they go too far? Are we limiting the ability to get work of people with minor incidents from many years in their past? [Read more…]
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