Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on …

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New York City Fair Chance Act Notice Published by NYC Commission on Human Rights

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To help city employers comply …

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New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Private employers in New York City should prepare to Ban the Box on job applications when the Fair Chance Act (FCA) takes effect on October 27, 2015 to promote the hiring of individuals with prior criminal records and prohibit discrimination based on the arrest records or …

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New York City Businesses Must Comply with New Law Banning Credit Checks by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With New York City passing the nation’s strongest ban on employment credit checks that took effect on September 3, 2015, businesses in the Big Apple need all the help they can get to comply with this new law that strictly prohibits most employers from using credit history …

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New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer …

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New York City to Bar Employers from Viewing Credit Reports of Job Seekers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New York City Council is expected to pass a bill – “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” (Int. No. 261-A) – that will bar employers from viewing the credit reports of job seekers and also prohibit them from asking about credit scores in job interviews, according …

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Ban the Box Takes Effect in Syracuse NY on March 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A “Ban the Box” policy that eliminates the box on initial job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have criminal records will take effect in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, March 22, 2015, according to a report from The Daily Orange website.

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New York City May Ban Credit Checks by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New York City Council members are considering legislation – Introductory Bill Number 261 (“Int. No. 261”) – that would amend the administrative code of the city “in relation to prohibiting discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” and prevent employers from using credit checks in employment decisions. …

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Rochester NY Votes to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn The City Council of Rochester, New York has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and prohibit public and private employers in the city with four or more employees from asking about the criminal history of job seekers on applications. A report in the Rochester Democrat Chronicle about the Ban the Box law, …

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New York State AG Secures Agreements with Background Check Firms

Written By Thomas Ahearn New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has secured agreements with four large background check firms that will prohibit them “from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to defer hiring decisions to employers who must conduct an individualized consideration of candidates in …

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