Report Finds Exonerations in US Reached Record High in 2015

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report released by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 2015 was record year for exonerations in the United States with 149 in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts, and Guam. The 149 exonerations broke the previous record of 139 set in 2014. The …

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Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on …

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New Jersey Issues Ban the Box Regulations and Guidance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) published its final regulations and guidance for Ban the Box legislation passed in the “Garden State” called The Opportunity to Compete Act (OTCA) which took effect immediately. The final regulations – and …

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Employers Face New Background Check Laws and Issues in January 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Many employers in the United States will face several new laws and issues involving the background check process that will ring in the new year of 2016. Brief descriptions of some important background check laws and issues for 2016 that employers should be aware of in order …

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Philadelphia Updates Ban the Box Ordinance to Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Protections for Ex-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed an update to the Ban the Box legislation known as the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance and an Executive Order on background checks for City employment to help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the “City …

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Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could …

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Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Should Increase in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The shrinking workforce in the United States, decriminalization of nonviolent crimes, protections against liability for employers willing to hire applicants with criminal records, and the rapidly spreading “Ban the Box” movement will all combine to create more job opportunities for reformed ex-offenders in 2016. This is the …

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Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper to Help Ex-Offenders Get Back Into Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global screening firm, has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce.” The goal of this whitepaper is to provide helpful insights and suggestions …

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Portland OR Joins Ban the Box Movement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Portland (Oregon) City Council has unanimously passed a “Ban the Box” ordinance that will prevent employers from asking job applicants about their conviction history on applications or during interviews in order to eliminate barriers to employment for applicants with criminal backgrounds. This Ban the Box …

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EEOC Report Reveals Focus on Systemic Discrimination

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its annual Fiscal Year 2015 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) on activities during the past fiscal year from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 that were designed to meet the priorities outlined in the EEOC Strategic …

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