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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Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy

  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.

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Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

  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 …

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Virginia to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

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 …

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Ban the Box Takes Effect in Syracuse NY on March 22

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.

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GAO Releases Report on Criminal History Records

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).’ …

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Hawaii Supreme Court Decision Helps Define Ban the Box Laws

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 …

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EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar on March 20

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 …

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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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