Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website.

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Uber to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Driver Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the online transportation network company terminated drivers after obtaining driver background checks about them without their authorization, according to a Reuters report from Reuters.

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Form I-9 Violations Lead to $209,600 Fine for Staffing Company

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In the Final Decision and Order in the case of U.S. v. Golden Employment Group, Inc., 12 OCAHO nos. 1274 and 1277 (2016), the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) found a staffing company liable for 465 Form I-9 violations resulting in civil penalties in the …

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Over Five Percent of Workers Turned Down for Jobs Due to Financial Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A survey of more than 1,100 workers conducted by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) found 5.2 percent of respondents reported they were turned down for jobs due to their financial background while 26.3 percent reported employers ran financial background checks on them.

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Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Two studies on “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record on initial applications – one by The Brookings Institution and the other by the University of Chicago – claim that these well intentioned laws meant to help …

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Orlando Nightclub Shooter was Employed by International Security Company

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn International security company G4S confirmed in a statement posted on the G4S.com website that Omar Mateen – the shooter who killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016 in the deadliest mass shooting …

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Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from …

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Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law …

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EEOC Increases Fines 150 Percent for Employers Violating Notice Posting Requirements

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced in a final rule published in the Federal Register a 150 percent increase to the monetary fine for employers who fail to follow notice-posting requirements for Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the …

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Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions …

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