Tag Archives: California Background checks

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2014/NELP-California-AB-218-Ban-the-Box-Implementation-Survey-Memo.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Attorney Lester Rosen to Speak at San Francisco HR Star Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco area-based background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information about San Francisco HR Star, which takes place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

San Francisco Ban the Box Notice Available

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban The BoxStarting August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) will require employers doing business in San Francisco with 20 or more employees to “Ban the Box” and remove questions on applications asking about the criminal history of job applicants. The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, which will enforce the Fair Chance Ordinance, has issued an English version of the Ban the Box notice that employers must post where readily accessible to job applicants and employees. The San Francisco Ban the Box notice is available at http://sfgsa.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=11600. Continue reading

Screening Expert to Speak About California Background Checks at LA HR Star

Written By Thomas Ahearn

LesRosenPhoto_Aug2012_SmallWhiteBorderIn the “Independent republic of California,” background checks are performed much differently than in the other 49 states, according to Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). To help explain California background checks, Rosen will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 Los Angeles HR Star Conference. For more information about LA HR Star, scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center, visit http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Ory Tucker Talks California Background Checks at San Joaquin HR Association Event March 12

Written By Thomas Ahearn

home-applicant-generated-report-systemSince California background checks are performed differently than in other states, Ory Tucker, Client Experience Director for Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present ‘Background Checks in the Republic of California’ on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Stockton, CA at an event by the San Joaquin HR Association (SJHRA), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). For more information, please visit http://www.sjhra.org/Event_Details.asp?fair=10016234. Continue reading

San Francisco Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks by Private Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed ‘Ban the Box’ legislation – the Fair Chance Ordinance – that requires private employers in the city with 20 or more employees to limit the use of criminal background checks when hiring, according to a BloombergLaw.com report. The law takes effect 30 days after signing and is operative in 180 days. The report is at http://about.bloomberglaw.com/law-reports/san-francisco-enacts-law-limiting-use-of-criminal-background-checks/. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Natural Food Retailer Violated FCRA with Background Checks

A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic food retailer, obtained background checks on job applicants using consent forms that were not legally valid in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), according to a report from TopClassActions.com available at http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/16770-whole-foods-hit-class-action-lawsuit-illegal-background-checks/. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Legality of Retail Theft Databases in California for Background Checks

The use of a “Retail Theft Contributory Database” in California is being challenged in a class action lawsuit filed in federal Court in San Francisco on January 31, 2013.  The lawsuit alleges that this type of database violates both federal and state laws by providing information to retailers about detentions for suspicion of theft or fraud but did not result in a conviction. The lawsuit seeks damages of up to $1,000 for every California consumer that was the subject of a negative report within the last two years where there was not a conviction, as well as legal fees and other damages. Continue reading

California Employers Face Sticky Situations when Using Background Checks

In his article ‘5 Sticky Background Check Situations Facing California Employers,’ Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), says employers in the Golden States need to know who they hire to avoid unqualified or dishonest job candidates but, at the same time, must be sure to follow proper legal procedures. The article is available to Northern California HR Association (NCHRA) members in the January 2014 HR West magazine at http://www.nchra.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=21. Continue reading