Tag Archives: Criminal records

Rochester NY Votes to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxThe City Council of Rochester, New York has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and prohibit public and private employers in the city with four or more employees from asking about the criminal history of job seekers on applications. A report in the Rochester Democrat Chronicle about the Ban the Box law, which takes effect in 180 days, is available at http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/05/20/city-council-votes-ban-box/9356071/. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Job Applicants Misidentified As Criminal Defendants

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Class Action LawsuitA federal class action lawsuit claims a background check company misidentified thousands of job applicants as criminal defendants after they posted bail for people who had been arrested, according to a report from CourthouseNews.com available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/05/19/67972.htm. Continue reading

Illinois May Ban the Box for Private Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Illinois Ban the BoxA Senate Committee of the Illinois General Assembly has voted to approve legislation – House Bill 5701, The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act – to restrict private employers with more than 15 employees from asking job applicants about criminal records until later in the hiring process. A copy of HB5701 is at http://ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/PDF/09800HB5701lv.pdf. (Updated July 21, 2014: Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation) Continue reading

Delaware Latest State to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxDelaware Governor Jack Markell has signed Ban the Box legislation – House Bill 167 – that will prohibit public employers in the state from inquiring into criminal records of job applicants before their first interview by “banning the box” that asks job candidates to check if they have a criminal record. The full text of House Bill 167 is at http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+167/$file/legis.html?open. Continue reading

Baltimore City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban The BoxThe City Council of Baltimore, Maryland has passed Ban the Box legislation that will bar employers in the city with ten or more workers from asking job seekers about their criminal record history on job applications and make them wait until a conditional job offer has been extended, according to a Baltimore Sun news report. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the bill which will go into effect 90 days after adoption. The full story is available at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-council-20140428%2C0%2C2777891.story. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Les Rosen Speaks at SHRM Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak at two sessions – ‘Dealing with the New EEOC Criminal Records Guidance and Hiring’ and ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks’ – on April 29 and 30, 2014 at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information on the presentations, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/Detail/192/SHRM-Talent-Management-Conference-and-Exposition. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at SHRM Talent Management Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les Rosen at SHRM Talent ManagementOn April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions. Two years later, employers still needing help to ensure compliance while performing criminal background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the session ‘Dealing with the New EEOC Criminal Records Guidance and Hiring’ on April 29, 2014 at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. Rosen will present a second session on ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks’ on April 30, 2014. For more information on the presentations, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/Detail/192/SHRM-Talent-Management-Conference-and-Exposition. Continue reading

Screening Industry Veteran Brad Landin To Discuss EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at HR West 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

HR West 2014Background screening industry veteran Brad Landin, President of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘New Times, New Rules: The Latest on Criminal Record Guidance’ on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT at the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) HR West® 2014 at Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, CA. For information about HR West 2014, which runs April 28 to 30, 2014, visit http://www.hrwest.org/. Continue reading

Court Ruling Underscores Best Practices for Handling Consumer Disputes about Accuracy of Criminal Records in Background Checks

By Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)

court cases A ruling by a federal judge in a case in Minnesota on March 26, 2013 underscores the need for background screening firms to carefully review their processes for re-investigation of consumer disputes. Continue reading

New York State AG Secures Agreements with Background Check Firms

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogNew York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has secured agreements with four large background check firms that will prohibit them “from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to defer hiring decisions to employers who must conduct an individualized consideration of candidates in accordance with New York State law.” A press release about the agreements is available at http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-agreements-background-check-agencies-end-illegal-hiring. (Español) Continue reading