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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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 total amount of $209,600. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

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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 ex-offenders re-enter the workforce may have the unintended consequence of causing more harm than good for minority job seekers. Continue reading

Orlando Nightclub Shooter was Employed by International Security Company

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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 in American history – was an employee. The full statement from G4S about the Orlando nightclub shootings is below: Continue reading

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

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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 access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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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 will take effect August 1, 2016. Continue reading

EEOC Increases Fines 150 Percent for Employers Violating Notice Posting Requirements

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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 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). Accordingly, the EEOC is adjusting the maximum penalty per violation from $210 to $525. This final rule is effective July 5, 2016. Continue reading

Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

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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 on initial job applications. The Ban the Box law in Connecticut – part of a growing trend sweeping the nation – shall take effect on January 1, 2017. Continue reading