Report Finds More than One Out of Four Formerly Incarcerated Ex-Offenders are Unemployed

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Prison Policy Initiative has released a report entitled “Out of Prison & Out of Work” that calculates the unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated ex-offenders to be 27 percent, meaning that more than one out of four people who served time in prison and were released are …

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North Carolina Expands Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders While Reducing Risks for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill (HB) 774 which broadens the situations in which individuals convicted of a crime may petition for a “Certificate of Relief” and helps reduce the risks employers may face when hiring ex-offenders. HB 774 takes effect …

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Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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St. Louis County Adopts Ban the Box Order to Remove Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 11, 2018, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger announced an executive order to “Ban the Box” that – effective immediately – ensures “St. Louis County will no longer ask job applicants for criminal histories in their initial employment applications,” according to a report by the St. …

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Massachusetts Attorney General Cites Employers for Violating State Ban the Box Law in Hiring Practices

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 …

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Background Screening Firm Protects Employers While Promoting Ex-Offenders Re-Entering Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – “helps employers navigate the complex regulations around compliance and privacy laws, while providing resources and advocacy in helping ex-offenders find work,” according to a blog on BadCredit.org.

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City of York in Pennsylvania Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Ex-Offenders Gain Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2018, the York City Council in York, Pennsylvania adopted a new “Ban the Box” hiring policy to give job applicants with criminal records who have served their time an equal opportunity to gain employment, according to a report from WHTM ABC 27 News in …

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Survey Finds Most Managers and HR Professionals Willing to Hire Job Applicants with Criminal Records   

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New research from a collaboration between the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charles Koch Institute (CKI)  has identified a potentially significant pool of untapped workers – job applicants with criminal records – and found most employers are willing to hire and work with them.

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Linn County in Iowa Adopts Ban the Box Resolution for Inclusive Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2018, the Linn County Board of Supervisors adopted a “Ban the Box” resolution for inclusive hiring practices for County positions to demonstrate a “commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with a prior criminal conviction,” according to a Civic Alert on County’s …

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Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …

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