Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study assessing the performance of ex-offenders with past criminal records in the workplace reveals that employers could be missing out on good workers by avoiding job applicants with criminal pasts when hiring, according to an article ‘Ex-Cons May Outperform You in the Workplace’ available on …Continue reading "Study Finds Ex-Offenders Can Be Good Workers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release …Continue reading "Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel has released ‘Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions’ to show how The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in …Continue reading "HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill – H.261 – that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont, according to a press release on the Governor’s website.Continue reading "Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council …Continue reading "Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten …Continue reading "Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would “Ban the Box” and prohibit the government from asking about the criminal history of applicants for Federal employment until later in the hiring process after a conditional job …Continue reading "White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help reformed ex-offenders contribute to their communities upon release from prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) designated the week of April 24-30, 2016, as National Reentry Week and asked the Bureau of Prisons to coordinate reentry events such as job fairs, practice interviews, and …Continue reading "National Reentry Week Part of Department of Justice Mission to Help Ex-Offenders"
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 …Continue reading "Census Bureau Background Check Lawsuit Settlement Should Be Wake Up Call for Employers"
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 …Continue reading "President Obama Urged to Ban the Box for Federal Contractors by Civil and Human Rights Groups"