Ohio Paying Nearly $11 Million to Replace Criminal Background Check System

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a $10.8 million contract using money allocated by lawmakers in the state capital budget to replace the state’s “broken” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch.

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Tompkins County NY Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In July of 2016, legislators in Tompkins County, New York unanimously voted to Ban the Box and remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and leave such inquiries for later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer is made by employers, according to …

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Course Teaches Employers How to Properly Use Criminal Records for Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will teach a course with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. to …

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Court Rules Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in Texas v. EEOC (No. 14-10949, 6/27/16) that the Lone Star state may challenge in court the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement guidance on the use of criminal background checks by employers, according …

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NAPBS Submits Comments to OPM on Proposed Revisions to Federal Agency Hiring Practices

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – which currently represents more than 750 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States – has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) request for comment on …

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New Study Reveals Inaccuracies in State Criminal Record Repositories

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study entitled ‘New Facts About the Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories’ released in June of 2016 by BRB Publications, Inc. reveals inaccuracies in state criminal record repositories, as well as the three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, and …

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Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website.

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Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Two studies on “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record on initial applications – one by The Brookings Institution and the other by the University of Chicago – claim that these well intentioned laws meant to help …

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Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from …

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Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law …

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