Tag Archives: Criminal records

Wells Fargo Sued by Former Employees Fired Over Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In February of 2017, nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo bank filed a lawsuit in a South Dakota District federal court that claimed they were fired from their jobs for minor criminal charges already disclosed when they were originally hired after Wells Fargo conducted background checks on them to comply with a 2008 federal law that bars “banks and mortgage lenders from employing people convicted of crimes involving dishonesty,” according to a report from Argus Leader Media. Continue reading

California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer. In addition, when conducting a criminal background check, the bill prohibits employers from considering, distributing, or disseminating specified information related to prior convictions. Continue reading

Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history may be improved with policy additions to support equal employment opportunity laws that help prevent racial discrimination. Continue reading

California FEHC Approves Regulations for Employers Using Criminal Records of Applicants and Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 10, 2017, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations first proposed in 2016 that restrict the use of criminal records of job applicants and employees by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. The new regulations from the FEHC – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – will likely take effect on July 1, 2017. Continue reading

City of Los Angeles Issues Ban the Box Ordinance Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) has issued an Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form to help employers comply with the Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

Albany County NY Legislature Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 13, 2017, the Albany County (NY) Legislature voted 32 to 3 to approve “Local Law N” to Ban the Box and remove the check box on county job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record, according to a report on the WAMC/Northeast Public Radio website. Continue reading

New Jersey Law Will Require Uber and Lyft Drivers to Undergo Driving and Criminal Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law new legislation – the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act” (A3695) – that will license and regulate transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft and require them to meet insurance coverage standards and conduct driving and criminal background checks on drivers. The law takes effect on May 1, 2017. Continue reading

Kentucky Governor Issues Order to Ban the Box from State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 1, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal conviction history from the initial application for all state jobs in the executive branch, according to a news report on Governor Bevin’s website. Continue reading

Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22

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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 conditional offer of employment. The law takes effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

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

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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 Box laws will become more the rule than the exception when background screening potential employees is Trend Number 1 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading