Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions …

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Louisiana Passes Ban the Box Legislation for State Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Louisiana State Legislature has passed “Ban the Box” legislation – House Bill No. 266 (HB 266) – that will prohibit state employers from inquiring about the criminal history of a prospective employee on an initial application form until after the prospective employee is given an opportunity …

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Study Finds Ex-Offenders Can Be Good Workers

  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 …

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Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring

  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 …

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HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers

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 …

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Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers

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.

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Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms

  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 …

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks

  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 …

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White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs

  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 …

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National Reentry Week Part of Department of Justice Mission to Help Ex-Offenders

  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 …

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