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Inaccurate Background Checks Can Cost Applicants Jobs

Inaccurate Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Criminal background checks run by employers on applicants that contain erroneous information can cost applicants a chance at jobs and people who fall victim to these inaccurate background checks should be pro-active in correcting them, according to an article by Forbes Staff Writer Susan Adams. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Creates San Francisco Ban the Box Infographic

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area, has created an infographic for the San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance. This infographic is designed to help employers in the City and County of San Francisco better understand the Fair Chance Ordinance that took effect August 13, 2014. The San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Infographic is viewable at http://www.esrcheck.com/San-Francisco-Ban-the-Box-Ordinance/BTB2/. Continue reading

Bill Seeks To Limit EEOC Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New legislation – The “Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2014” (H.R. 5423) – seeks to limit the current U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) enforcement guidance on criminal background checks and “amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to exclude the application of such title to employment practices that are in compliance with Federal regulations, and State laws, in certain areas.” The full text of H.R. 5423 – which could possibly affect EEOC guidance enforcement if passed – is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr5423ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr5423ih.pdf. Continue reading

Washington DC Passes Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed Ban the Box legislation – The Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 – that will prevent employers more than 10 employees working in District of Columbia (D.C.) from asking job candidates about their criminal history on initial job applications. The Act, which takes effect following a mandated 30-day period of U.S. Congressional review and publication in the D.C. Register, is available here: The Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014. Continue reading

President Obama Appoints New EEOC Chair

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that President Barack Obama has appointed Vice Chair Jenny R. Yang as Chair of the EEOC. More information about the appointment of Yang – who will be the first Asian-American Chair of the EEOC – is available on the EEOC website at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-2-14c.cfm. Continue reading

Study Links Ban the Box Laws to Public Safety

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ‘first of its kind’ study published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice has linked the Ban the Box legislation that removes the criminal history question from job applications to improved public safety. More information about the study ‘The Effect of Hawaii’s Ban the Box Law on Repeat Offending’ is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-014-9251-9. Continue reading

California Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mug Shot Shakedowns

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation – Senate Bill 1027 (SB 1027) – that amends the California Civil Code to prohibit websites from posting arrest mug shots and then charging a fee to remove the photos. The complete text of SB 1027 – which takes effect on January 1, 2015 – is available here: California SB 1027. Continue reading

Ban the Box Becoming National Trend Says Safe Hiring Expert

 Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from initial job applications is becoming a national trend “that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” according to Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen’s comments are featured in an article originally published in Business News Daily and now available online at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6969-criminal-history-job-applications.html. Continue reading

Ban the Box Arrives in San Francisco August 13

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box Movement – named for the box on job applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – has arrived in San Francisco, California as the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) takes effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ban the Box Ordinance requires San Francisco City or County employers with 20 or more employees to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using the criminal records of job applicants and employees. Continue reading

Ban the Box Act Signed by New Jersey Governor

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed Ban the Box legislation – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – that establishes certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading