Class Action Lawsuit First to Challenge Alleged Employer Violations of New York City Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on August 4, 2017, could be the first of its kind to challenge alleged violations by employers of a New York City “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Act (FCA), according to a press release …

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Fair Chance Act Rules from New York City Commission on Human Rights Take Effect August 5

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) – which enforces New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – has amended rules to establish definitions and procedures applying to the Fair Chance Act (FCA) that took effect in October of 2015 to amend the NYCHRL provisions regarding unlawful discrimination on the …

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University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Ban the Box and Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a webinar for Business & Legal Resources (BLR) entitled “Ban the Box and Background Checks Update: How to Effectively Pre-Screen Prospective Job Candidates and …

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Study Finds Ban the Box Policies Increase Odds of Public Sector Employment for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study released in January of 2017 entitled “Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment” has found that Ban the Box policies that remove criminal history questions from applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process increased the odds of public sector employment for …

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Ban the Box Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in Three States on July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 1, 2017, several “Ban the Box” laws – so called because they remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history and delay such questions until later in the hiring process – are scheduled to take effect …

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Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history …

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Indiana to Prohibit Local Ban the Box Laws that Prevent Employers from Using Criminal History Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation – Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) – to prohibit “political subdivisions” in the state such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing “Ban the Box” laws that prevent employers from obtaining or using the criminal history information of job applicants during the hiring process …

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Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website.

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Utah to Join Ban the Box Movement to Delay Questions about Criminal Records of Applicants for State Jobs

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Utah has joined the so-called “Ban the Box” movement to delay any questions by government employers about the criminal records of job applicants applying for state employment in order to give ex-offenders a fair chance to find work after release from prison, according to …

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