Ban the Box Research Finds Job Applications Without Criminal History Question Help with Hiring of Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study of “Ban the Box” laws found removing the criminal history question from job applications helps to increase the hiring of ex-offenders with conviction records and to ease their re-entry into the workforce after being released from prison, according to research from Case Western Reserve University.

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FTC Publishes Inflation-Adjusted Civil Penalty Amount for FCRA Violations

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the agency that helps to protect American consumers – has adjusted the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of laws enforced by the FTC, including the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that governs background checks in the United …

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New Orleans Ban the Box Ordinance Designed to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Takes Effect on March 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 1, 2019, a “Ban the Box” ordinance takes effect in New Orleans, Louisiana and will prohibit the City and City contractors from asking about the criminal history of potential employees on initial job applications, according to a press release from the New Orleans City Council.

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Legislation Reintroduced in Senate to Require Mandatory E-Verify Use by U.S. Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has reintroduced the “Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act” to permanently authorize the Internet-based E-Verify system that helps employers determine whether their employees are authorized to work in the United States and to require mandatory use of E-Verify by employers to determine employment eligibility of workers, according …

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U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Major Appeals Court Decision in Equal Pay Case Due to Death of Judge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 25, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States vacated a “major” Appeals Court decision in Yovino v. Rizo (18-272) which ruled in favor of a woman in an equal pay claim made against Fresno County in California because a judge died before the decision …

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Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at SHRM 2019 Talent Conference & Exposition

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society – will hold the SHRM 2019 Talent Conference & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee from April 8 to 10, 2019. The conference will feature screening industry leaders such as background expert Attorney Lester Rosen, …

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VA Hiring of Ex-Offenders Shows “Catch 22” Situation Employers Face with Use of Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) asserts that the many ex-offenders with criminal records they have hired “fresh out of prison” – some to work as Human Resources (HR) officials who assist in screening job applicants – all have been “properly vetted,” according to a report …

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U.S. Senate Banking Committee Invites Feedback on Information Security Issues in Financial Sector

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is inviting feedback on information security issues that include the collection, use, and protection of sensitive information by financial regulators and private companies, according to a press release on the Committee’s website.

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Atlanta Removes Salary History Question from City Job Applications to Close Gender Pay Gap

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 18, 2019, the City of Atlanta, Georgia removed the salary history question on employment applications for City jobs in an effort to ensure fair hiring practices, close the gender pay gap, and prevent wage discrimination, according to a press release on the City of Atlanta’s …

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Aurora Warehouse Shooting Highlights Dangers HR Professionals Face from Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 15, 2019, five employees were shot and killed at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois by a worker who was being fired, an incident highlighting the dangers Human Resource (HR) professionals can face from workplace violence, according to an article from the Society for Human Resource …

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