Westchester County in New York Approves Ban the Box Measure to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2018, the Westchester County Board of Legislators in New York approved a “Ban the Box” measure to ensure that ex-offenders with past criminal records have an opportunity to explain their circumstances when they are looking for work, according to a news story on the Board’s website.

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Former Drivers for Amazon File Lawsuit Claiming Discriminatory Background Check Policy Caused Firings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2018, six black and Latino former drivers for Amazon filed a class action lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts that claimed the online retailing giant’s background check policy discriminated against them and allegedly caused them to be fired, according to a report from MassLive.com.

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Clean Slate Campaign Launched to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records for Reformed Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the Center for American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans – announced the launching of a national bipartisan Clean Slate Campaign to automate the clearing of criminal records for reformed ex-offenders.

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Many Universities Still Ask Student Applicants about Criminal History despite Growth of Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Despite the rapid growth of “Ban the Box” laws in America that remove questions about criminal history from job applications to help ex-offenders find work, many U.S. universities continue to ask student applicants about their criminal history as “a necessary security precaution,” according to a report from …

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EEOC Issues Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) which reported significant increases in outreach efforts and enforcement actions to prevent and remedy …

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Virginia Criminal Records Database Used for Background Checks Missing More than 750,000 Cases

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Virginia State Crime Commission staff members “made a stunning discovery” while reviewing the state’s Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), finding that 750,000 records used for background checks were not in the system maintained by the Virginia State Police, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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New Orleans City Council Passes Ban the Box Ordinance that will take Effect in March 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn October 18, 2018, the New Orleans City Council (NOLA) passed a Ban the Box ordinance which will prohibit the City and City contractors from asking about the criminal history of potential employees on initial job applications. The legislation takes effect on March 1, 2019, according to a …

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Former Uber Driver Fired for Decades Old Criminal Record Files Federal Lawsuit Claiming Discrimination

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Philadelphia resident who was fired from his job as a driver for Uber because of a criminal record from the 1980s that was found on a background check has filed a federal lawsuit that claims the transportation network company discriminated against him, according to a report …

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Michigan Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive instructing all state departments and agencies to “Ban the Box” and remove the felony question box that precedes job applications on NEOGOV – the website where residents can apply for state employment – and replace …

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Amended Massachusetts Ban the Box Law Takes Effect October 13

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform (Senate Bill S.2371) to amend the state’s “Ban the Box” law and further restrict the ability of employers to consider the criminal history of job applicants during the hiring process. The Act …

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