Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 6, 2018, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey announced her office had reached agreements with four national employers an issued warning letters to 17 other Boston area businesses found to be in violation of a “Ban the Box” provision in state law that prohibits employers …Continue reading "Massachusetts Attorney General Cites Employers for Violating State Ban the Box Law in Hiring Practices"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed two laws – An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform – and also filed a third separate bill, An Act Building on Criminal Justice Reform, …Continue reading "Massachusetts Amends Ban the Box Law Limiting Employer Inquiries into Criminal History of Applicants"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Of the 1,400 drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who felt unfairly rejected after failing mandated background checks in Massachusetts and decided to appeal the license ban, 444 have successfully overturned the decision, according to a report on Boston.com.Continue reading "Hundreds of Uber and Lyft Drivers Win License Appeals after Failing Mandated Background Checks in Massachusetts"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Figures released by Massachusetts officials show more than ten percent of drivers failed comprehensive background checks required under a state law for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, with 8,200 drivers failing and more than 62,000 drivers passing the checks, according to an article on Boston.com.Continue reading "More than Ten Percent of Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Background Checks in Massachusetts"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments to the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) in response to the revised version of the proposed changes to DCJIS regulations governing the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) that reiterates previous comments NAPBS …Continue reading "NAPBS Issues Comments on Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information"
The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has launched a new Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request service online called ‘iCORI’ that will allow individuals and organizations to request and obtain Massachusetts criminal offender record information over the Internet. For more information about iCORI, one of the main provisions of the new CORI Reform law …Continue reading "Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Effective May 4 2012"
On May 4, 2012, many of the new provisions of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Law, Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010 signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in August of 2010 will take effect. Commonly known as ‘CORI Reform,’ the law changes who will have authorized access to CORI and how …Continue reading "Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information CORI Reform Law Provisions Take Effect May 4"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications because of new legislation that prohibits employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which includes criminal charges, arrests, and incarceration. As previously …Continue reading "ESR NEWS ALERT: Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Prohibits Employers from Asking About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications Effective November 4, 2010"