Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Expunged criminal records of job and housing applicants removed from government databases are still appearing in some background checks performed by private screening companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. However, a background check expert says these expunged records should not appear if the …Continue reading "Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Oregon House of Representative has voted 33-27 to “Ban the Box” and pass House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) which would bar employers from including a box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have ever been arrested or convicted …Continue reading "Oregon House Votes to Ban the Box"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn One of the largest employers in the United States has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy as Koch Industries, Inc. announced that criminal history questions about job applicants will be removed from applications for positions with the company, according to a news release from the National …Continue reading "Top US Employer Adopts Ban the Box"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Executive Order NO. 03-15 to implement a ‘Ban the Box’ state hiring policy that removes questions about criminal records from the first part of job applications for state employment, according to a report at http://governor.vermont.gov/node/2326.Continue reading "Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several construction workers hired to help build a new campus in Cupertino, California for tech giant Apple were let go from their jobs in January because of prior felony criminal convictions, according to a report from The San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: An Apple spokesman told the …Continue reading "Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus"
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"