Tag Archives: Criminal records

New Alabama Expungement Law Allows Clearing of Arrest Records

Expungement Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A new Alabama expungement law that took effect July 7, 2014 allows residents who have been arrested – but not convicted – of a crime an opportunity to clear their arrest record and have the charge “deemed never to have occurred,” according to a report on the AL.com website. Continue reading

San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect August 13

Ban the Box Information Page

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

The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance – also known as the Ban the Box Ordinance – will take effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ordinance will require employers with San Francisco City or County offices and worksites who have 20 or more employees to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using criminal record history of job applicants and employees. Continue reading

Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blog about IllinoisIllinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed “Ban the Box” legislation – HB 5701 (Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act) – that will help ex-offenders find work in the private sector by preventing criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. The law takes effect January 1, 2015. The full text is available at http://ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/PDF/09800HB5701lv.pdf. Continue reading

Indiana Changes Criminal Background Checks for Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Indiana Background ChecksEffective July 1, 2014, an amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 changes what information “criminal history providers” such as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that assemble criminal history reports for employment background checks may report to employers. The amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title24/ar4/ch18.html. Continue reading

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2014/NELP-California-AB-218-Ban-the-Box-Implementation-Survey-Memo.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Reviews EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenIn April 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. Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an Audio Conference titled ‘Complying With The New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance’ with HRTrainingCenter.com on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. For more information, visit http://hrtrainingcenter.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1013560. Continue reading

Hearing Examines EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs about EEOCOn June 10, 2014, a House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee held a hearing – “The Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities of the EEOC: Examining the Concerns of Stakeholders” – that examined worries over U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance that discourages employers from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants. An archived webcast of the EEOC hearing is available at: http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=263. Continue reading

Uber Driver with Criminal Past Allegedly Hit Passenger

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs - Criminal RecordsA driver with car service company Uber who passed a background check even though he had a criminal record is accused of physically assaulting his passenger and faces criminal charges, according to an article on Forbes.com available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EEOCIn April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Guidance on the use of criminal records during the hiring process. To help employers comply with the EEOC, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an hour long webinar with Avant Resources titled ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring: Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines’ on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET. To learn more, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring2014-05-30-19-16-20-detail. Continue reading

Baltimore Mayor Signs Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a signed a Ban the Box bill to make private employers in the city remove a box from job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record, according to a report from WJZ-TV CBS 13 on CBSBaltimore.com. The full story about the signing of the bill, which takes effect 90 days after adoption, is available at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/rawlings-blake-signs-ban-the-box-bill/. Continue reading