New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Private employers in New York City should prepare to Ban the Box on job applications when the Fair Chance Act (FCA) takes effect on October 27, 2015 to promote the hiring of individuals with prior criminal records and prohibit discrimination based on the arrest records or …

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Ban the Box Toolkit from NELP Helps Advocates Start a Fair Chance Campaign

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Employment Law Project (NELP) – a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers – is offering a Ban the Box Toolkit to provide advocates with a step-by-step guide on how to launch a Fair Chance campaign in their city or state to ban …

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Fair Chance Act Would Ban the Box for Federal Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation – The Fair Chance Act – that would “Ban the Box” and give ex-offenders a fair chance at finding employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until a conditional …

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BMW to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) will pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to the alleged victims of race discrimination to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed BMW’s criminal record background check policy disproportionately affected African-American workers, according …

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Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort …

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San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance May Hurt Ex-Offenders the Law was Meant to Help

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that took effect a year ago today on August 13, 2014, requires San Francisco City and County employers with 20 or more workers to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using the criminal record …

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss EEOC Background Check Lawsuit against BMW

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against BMW Manufacturing Co. claiming the criminal background check policy used by BMW to screen workers is unfair to African-Americans, according to a report from CourthouseNews.com.

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EEOC Criminal Records Guidance Examined in Webinar August 13

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records when hiring, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on Thursday, …

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Businesses Charged with Violating Seattle Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) records reveal 40 businesses were charged in the last year with allegedly violating the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance, a Ban the Box law that took effect on November 1, 2013 that prohibits employers from asking about criminal history on job applications …

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Criminal Records a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen for California Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers in California deal with complex laws regarding the use of criminal records during background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled “Criminal Records and California Employers: A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on …

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