EEOC Reaches Agreement with Pier 1 Imports to Resolve Background Check Race Discrimination Charge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it had reached an agreement with international home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports through its conciliation process to resolve a background check race discrimination charge …

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Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Barring EEOC from Enforcing Guidance on Criminal Records in Texas

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction that barred the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – from enforcing the EEOC’s “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records …

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Employers May Consider Ex-Offenders and People Recovering from Substance Use Disorders in Hiring Crunch

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With “an estimated 23.5 million adults in recovery from substance use disorder and 5 million people who were formerly incarcerated” – along with a historically low unemployment rate causing a hiring crunch in a tight job market – employers that need workers may consider these two previously …

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Criminal Record of Quadruple Homicide Suspect Did Not Appear on Tenant Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia is investigating why the past criminal record of a quadruple homicide suspect accused of stabbing his girlfriend and their three children to death did not appear on a tenant background check conducted on him, according to a report from WTVM-TV News …

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Pennsylvania Clean Slate Starts Sealing 30 Million Criminal Records on One-Year Anniversary of Signing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced at a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him signing House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill into law that the automatic sealing of criminal records would begin that day, according to a press release on …

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Madison Square Garden to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Madison Square Garden has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the arena “imposed too strict of requirements for criminal disclosures that had a disparate impact on minority applicants,” according to a report from the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. Consumer …

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Macy’s Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Discrimination Against Employee Fired for Having a Criminal Record

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Macy’s, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against job applicants and employees with criminal records and violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act …

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Oakland County MI Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Remove Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Oakland County in Michigan has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy on job applications that will take effect by August 1, 2019, and “will ensure that the county considers a job applicant’s qualifications before considering their arrest or conviction records,” according to a report from the Oakland …

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Researcher and Data Standards Required for Background Screening Companies Accredited by the NAPBS

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn Enforcing high standards for public record researchers that search for criminal records at courts to ensure they comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is required for background screening companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). The NAPBS, a non-profit trade association …

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Why Employers Should Conduct a Criminal Record Background Check on Potential Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A disturbing story about a worker who compiled a lengthy criminal record over decades “including embezzlement, unlawful imprisonment, domestic abuse, and rape” while working on and off for the same company serves as “a cautionary tale” on why employers should always “conduct a thorough background check” on …

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