Tag Archives: Criminal records

Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An audit by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that some Ohio courts are failing to follow a state law requiring them to report criminal convictions to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) resulting in “a technologically unreliable” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Expunged criminal records of job and housing applicants removed from government databases are still appearing in some background checks performed by private screening companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. However, a background check expert says these expunged records should not appear if the information is verified at the primary source. Continue reading

Oregon House Votes to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The state of Oregon House of Representative has voted 33-27 to “Ban the Box” and pass House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) which would bar employers from including a box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, according to a press release on OregonLegislature.com. Continue reading

Top US Employer Adopts Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

One of the largest employers in the United States has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy as Koch Industries, Inc. announced that criminal history questions about job applicants will be removed from applications for positions with the company, according to a news release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Continue reading

Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Executive Order NO. 03-15 to implement a ‘Ban the Box’ state hiring policy that removes questions about criminal records from the first part of job applications for state employment, according to a report at http://governor.vermont.gov/node/2326. Continue reading

Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several construction workers hired to help build a new campus in Cupertino, California for tech giant Apple were let go from their jobs in January because of prior felony criminal convictions, according to a report from The San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: An Apple spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News the company has lifted the requirement that people convicted of felonies in the past seven years could not work on the Cupertino construction project. Read the full story at ‘Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for construction work’.) Continue reading

Virginia to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed Executive Order 41 to “Ban the Box” and remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from state job applications, according to a news release on the Governor’s website. The Order also makes clear that the criminal history of state job applicants shall not be a determining factor in employment decisions unless the criminal history of state job applicants bears specific relation to the job for which they are being considered. Continue reading

Ban the Box Takes Effect in Syracuse NY on March 22

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A “Ban the Box” policy that eliminates the box on initial job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have criminal records will take effect in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, March 22, 2015, according to a report from The Daily Orange website. Continue reading

GAO Releases Report on Criminal History Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the “congressional watchdog” investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars – has released a report on the use of criminal background checks titled ‘Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used For Employment-Related Background Checks (GAO-15-162).’ The complete report from the GAO is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/GAO-Criminal-History-Records-Report.pdf. Continue reading

Hawaii Supreme Court Decision Helps Define Ban the Box Laws

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court in the case Shimose v. Hawaii Health Systems Corp., No. SCWC-12-0000422 (Jan. 16, 2015) helps to define “ban the box” laws that restrict the scope and timing of permissible investigations into the criminal history of job applicants. The decision is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Shimose_v_Hawaii_Health_Systems_Corp.pdf. Continue reading