Census Bureau Background Check Lawsuit Settlement Should Be Wake Up Call for Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Census Bureau agreeing to pay a $15 million settlement to end a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records during the criminal background check process when hiring temporary workers for the 2010 census “should also …

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President Obama Urged to Ban the Box for Federal Contractors by Civil and Human Rights Groups

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has written an advocacy letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of more than 100 organizations and individuals that both commends the administration’s “commitment to reducing barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records” but also …

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Census Bureau Agrees to Pay $15 Million to Settle Lawsuit for Discrimination in Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Census Bureau has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the criminal background checks performed when hiring workers for the 2010 census racially discriminated against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records, according to a report from …

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Safe Hiring Expert Shows How Improper Use of Criminal Records Can Get Employers Sued

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a live 90 minute webinar with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, April 21, 2016, …

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Major Corporations Sign White House Pledge to Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several major American corporations including Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Starbucks have joined President Barack Obama as the founding members in signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge that asks all of the U.S. private sector to Ban the Box on employment applications in order to eliminate barriers to job …

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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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