HR Professionals Must Adapt to Emerging Background Check Trends when Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Human resource (HR) professionals conducting employment screening when hiring must adapt to several emerging background check trends including “Ban the Box” laws and the “gig” workforce in 2017, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website.

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Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law a Ban the Box ordinance called the Fair Chance Initiative that requires employers to remove questions about criminal history from job applications and restricts them from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until after a …

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Ban the Box Will Become More the Rule than Exception when Background Screening Workers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Ban the Box movement that works to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial applications is spreading rapidly across the United States, with 24 states and over 150 cities and counties having such laws. The fact that Ban the …

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Los Angeles to Ban the Box on Job Applications for Public and Private Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ ordinance to “Ban the Box” from job applications and prevent public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal records while delaying background checks until conditional job offers, according to a blog on …

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University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the …

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Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.”

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Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Jackson County, Missouri has joined the fast spreading Ban the Box movement and will no longer require job candidates applying for employment with the county to check a box on application forms if they have a criminal record, according to a report from the Kansas City Star.

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North Las Vegas Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn North Las Vegas has become the first municipality in Nevada to adopt a “Ban the Box” policy that will remove the box on city job applications that applicants must check if they have criminal records to allow ex-offenders a fair chance to advance in the hiring process, …

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NAPBS Submits Comments to Los Angeles Mayor and City Council Regarding Ban the Box Legislation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has submitted comments to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council regarding proposed “ban the box” legislation noting that rule amendments would pose “severe compliance challenges” for employers in the city, especially Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) …

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SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students …

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