Westchester County Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance to Work Executive Order

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 9, 2018, Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the “Fair Chance to Work” Executive Order which – effective immediately – will “Ban the Box” and prohibit the County from inquiring about past convictions during the initial application process, according to a press release on Westchestergov.com.

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) to Present at 2018 SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – will present two sessions at the 2018 SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from April 16 to 18, 2018, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Target to Pay $3.7 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Discriminatory Criminal Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Target Corporation has agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a class action lawsuit to resolve allegations its overly broad and outdated criminal background check policy discriminated against African-American and Latino applicants, according to a press release from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF).

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Appeals Court Rules in Equal Pay Case that Women Cannot Be Paid Less than Men Based on Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for Equal Pay Day on April 10, 2018, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on April 9, 2018, that employers cannot pay women less than men for the same work based on their salary history in order to “capitalize on the persistence …

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San Francisco Amends Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2018, the City and County of San Francisco amended its Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that restricts the ability of employers to inquire about the criminal records of applicants and employees in employment decisions to align the FCO with …

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Jobs Reports Shows U.S. Economy Added 103,000 Jobs in March 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 103,000 jobs in March 2018 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month, according to the Employment Situation jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report for March 2018 revealed the …

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CFPB Called Far Too Powerful with Little Oversight of Activities in Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the United States government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector – presented the CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress for the period beginning on April 1, 2017, and ending on September 30, 2017.

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FCRA Consumer Litigation Filings Continue to Increase in February 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February 2018, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) cases led consumer litigation filings with 422 plaintiffs – nearly 60 percent higher than in February 2017 – while Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases declined, according to WebRecon LLC.

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President Trump Proclaims April 2018 as Second Chance Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 30, 2018, United States President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April 2018 as Second Chance Month “to prevent crime on our streets, to respect the rule of law by prosecuting individuals who break the law, and to provide opportunities for people with criminal records to earn …

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Government Spending Bill Includes Fix NICS Act to Strengthen National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2018, United States President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes the “Fix NICS Act” which will strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers cannot illegally …

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