Tag Archives: Criminal records

Ban the Box Laws that Go Overboard May Hurt Ex-Offenders and the Unemployed in 2015

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Ban the Box laws, which protect ex-offenders from an “early knock out” punch in the hiring process based solely on the early disclosure of a criminal record, will quickly reach a tipping point in the U.S. in 2015. However, when these Ban the Box laws go too far the unintended consequence may well be that such laws actually hurt ex-offenders in the job market and can also hurt individuals who have been left unemployed by the recession. This is trend number 1 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records Hotly Debated but Remains Key Concern for Employers in 2015

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This EEOC Guidance is having a profound impact on how employers in America hire. The EEOC Guidance has been hotly debated by supporters and critics but will remain a key concern for employers in 2015. This trend is number 7 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Webinar Reviews Best Practices for EEOC Compliance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers comply with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar for Avant Resources titled ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring: Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines.’ The webinar will take place Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PT. For more details, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring2014-05-30-19-16-20-detail. Continue reading

Background Check Delays Common in Contra Costa County

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Contra Costa County Superior Court in California has experienced background check delays of “epic proportions” lasting up to a month and causing job seekers to be passed over for jobs by employers unable to verify records, according to a news report from the Contra Costa Times. Continue reading

Ban the Box Takes Effect in Rochester NY

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Ban the Box law in Rochester, New York – Chapter 63, Article II of the City of Rochester Municipal Code – took effect November 18, 2014 and “prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal convictions of job applicants on a job application form or during the initial application process and prior to the end of the first interview,” according to a Ban the Box Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page available at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589961788. Continue reading

Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

Proposition 47 & California Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and property crimes” to have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors. To learn more about Proposition 47 – which became law the day after the election on November 5, 2014 – please visit http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/47/. Continue reading

Ban the Box Webinar for Employers on November 12

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ban the Box laws that remove criminal history questions from job applications are spreading rapidly across the United States and fast becoming a national standard that will soon affect most employers. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a complimentary webinar titled Ban the Box – What Employers Need to Know on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, please visit http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4488944598710491905. Continue reading

Montgomery County MD Enacts Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council has unanimously enacted a Ban the Box law – amended Bill 36-14 – to delay the point at which employers in the County may inquire into the criminal history of applicants for County jobs until the conclusion of the first interview. A press release about the Ban the Box law is available on the Montgomery County website at http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Council/PressRelease/PR_detailsNew.asp?PrID=14203. Continue reading

Ban the Box Webinar from Employment Screening Resources on November 12

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present the webinar “Ban the Box – What Employers Need to Know” on Wednesday, November 12, 2014  from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this complimentary webinar, visit http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4488944598710491905. Continue reading