SHRM “Getting Talent Back to Work” Initiative Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 27, 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries – announced the launch of the SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work national initiative that champions the hiring of ex-offenders with criminal records, …

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Virginia to Repair Holes in State Criminal Records Database Used for Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In December of 2018, the Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC) – a criminal justice agency established in the legislative branch of the state government – released recommendations for the fingerprinting of defendants after 750,000 conviction records were found to be missing from the Virginia state criminal records …

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Low Unemployment Makes Employers More Willing to Hire Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With record low unemployment, employers should be more willing to hire ex-offenders with the necessary skills to make sure they are not eliminating job applicants with past criminal records who are qualified to work in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) …

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Ban the Box Pervasive Enough for Studies to Show Whether Fair Chance Laws are Effective in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from job applications to help ex-offenders find work will be pervasive enough for studies to show whether fair chance rules are effective in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider …

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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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