Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 409 (S.B. 409) which “removes the prohibition against disclosing a record of conviction of a crime which is more than 7 years old, meaning that there is no limitation of time for which such a record may be …

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Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Performance Audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office – “Improving the Completeness of Washington’s Criminal History Records Database” – has found that a third of the dispositions reported in the Judicial Information System (JIS) in 2012 were missing from the Washington State Identification System (WASIS). …

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New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer …

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Congress Urges President Obama to Ban the Box

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn More than 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to “Ban the Box” on job applications and adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy at the federal level, according to a press release on the …

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Ban the Box Comes to Ohio Starting June 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning on June 1, 2015, Ohio will “Ban the Box” and remove the box that applicants are asked to check on state civil service job applications if they have past criminal convictions, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP) on the Cincinnati.com website (UUPDATE: Kasich …

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Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference to discuss EEOC Guidance titled ‘Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions’ on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn …

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Ohio Attorney General Audit Finds Criminal Background Check System Unreliable

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An audit by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found that some Ohio courts are failing to follow a state law requiring them to report criminal convictions to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) resulting in “a technologically unreliable” criminal background check system, according to …

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Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily

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 …

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Oregon House Votes to Ban the Box

  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 …

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Top US Employer Adopts 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 …

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