Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Ban the Box legislation – Executive Order 16-04 – to direct state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to jobs by removing questions relating to criminal history from initial state employment applications, according to a report on the Governor’s website.

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Austin TX to Ban the Box for Most Private Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Austin City Council has passed Ban the Box legislation to give people with criminal records a fair chance to find work by prohibiting most private employers in the City from conducting a background check into the criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional …

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Chattanooga Police Dealing with Backlog of 23,000 Expunged Criminal Records that Could Affect Background Checks and Hiring

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Chattanooga, Tennessee Police Department is working to process a backlog of at least 23,000 orders for expunged criminal files, where a legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is sealed and erased in the eyes of the law, which could affect the hiring …

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Presidential Candidates Asked to Make Re-Entry of People with Criminal Background into Workforce a Priority in America

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) held a press conference on Sunday, March 13, 2016, with people who have a criminal background in America to call on presidential candidates running in the upcoming Illinois primary on Tuesday to make workforce re-entry issues a priority …

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Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, …

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Webinar Helps Employers Comply with EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers comply with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Aurora Training Advantage entitled “EEOC Criminal Records …

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Safe Hiring Expert Reviews Book on Criminal Records in America

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “The Eternal Criminal Record” (Harvard University Press 2015) by Professor James B. Jacobs “covers critical topics and is essential reading for anyone dealing with background checks and the impact of criminal records on individuals,” according to a book review by Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of …

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NFL to Background Check Players Entering 2016 Draft for Criminal Convictions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn All college football players planning to enter the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Draft will undergo a criminal record background check that could bar them from attending the NFL Scouting Combine or the NFL Draft if convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault, or weapons charges are revealed, …

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Report Finds Exonerations in US Reached Record High in 2015

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report released by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 2015 was record year for exonerations in the United States with 149 in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts, and Guam. The 149 exonerations broke the previous record of 139 set in 2014. The …

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Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on …

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