New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

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 …

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Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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 …

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Court Affirms Judgment against EEOC in Freeman Case

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 …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance at HR West

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 …

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Macon-Bibb County GA Votes to Ban the Box

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.

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EEOC Guidance Webinar Scheduled for February 25

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn To help Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) better understand the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use criminal records in employment background checks, ClearStar Technology is sponsoring a webinar titled ‘Best Practices Standards: A Powerful Tool for CRAs’ that will be held Wednesday, February 25, …

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Court Rules in Favor of Employer Withdrawing Job Offer after Applicant Lied

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of an employer who withdrew a job offer after finding discrepancies between the criminal history found on a background check of a job applicant and criminal history information reported to the employer by that applicant. The summary …

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Tallahassee FL Votes to Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City Commission of Tallahassee, Florida has voted 3-2 to support a “Ban the Box” measure that will remove the question asking people who apply for jobs with the city if they have had a criminal conviction from applications, according to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat.

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EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Webinar on February 18

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled ‘EEOC Criminal Records Update’ on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/eeoc-criminal-records-update/.

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Report Makes Case for Federal Ban the Box Initiative

 Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A January 2015 report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) – ‘Advancing a Federal Fair Chance Hiring Agenda: Background Check Reforms in Over 100 Cities, Counties & States Pave the Way for Presidential Action’ – makes the case for a federal Ban the Box initiative to …

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