Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed Executive Order 41 to “Ban the Box” and remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from state job applications, according to a news release on the Governor’s website. The Order also makes clear that the criminal history of state job …Continue reading "Virginia to Ban the Box on State Job Applications"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A “Ban the Box” policy that eliminates the box on initial job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have criminal records will take effect in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, March 22, 2015, according to a report from The Daily Orange website.Continue reading "Ban the Box Takes Effect in Syracuse NY on March 22"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the “congressional watchdog” investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars – has released a report on the use of criminal background checks titled ‘Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used For Employment-Related Background Checks (GAO-15-162).’ …Continue reading "GAO Releases Report on Criminal History Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court in the case Shimose v. Hawaii Health Systems Corp., No. SCWC-12-0000422 (Jan. 16, 2015) helps to define “ban the box” laws that restrict the scope and timing of permissible investigations into the criminal history of job applicants. The decision is …Continue reading "Hawaii Supreme Court Decision Helps Define Ban the Box Laws"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help employers comply with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute title “Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.” The …Continue reading "EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar on March 20"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Effective March 1, 2015, Ban the Box legislation in New Jersey – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – will establish certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking …Continue reading "New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at …Continue reading "Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that corporate events service provider Freeman conducted criminal background checks that had an unlawful disparate impact on black and male …Continue reading "Court Affirms Judgment against EEOC in Freeman Case"
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 a session titled ‘The New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance: Taking Practical Steps to Comply’ at HR West 2015 on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 10:50 a.m. to …Continue reading "Safe Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance at HR West"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Macon-Bibb County (Georgia) Commission has voted 6-3 to Ban the Box and remove any questions that ask about criminal records of applicants from county job applications, according to a report from 13WMAZ in Central Georgia.Continue reading "Macon-Bibb County GA Votes to Ban the Box"