Ban the Box Takes Effect in Rochester NY

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Ban the Box law in Rochester, New York – Chapter 63, Article II of the City of Rochester Municipal Code – took effect November 18, 2014 and “prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal convictions of job applicants on a job application form or during the initial …

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Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and …

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Ban the Box Webinar for Employers on November 12

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Ban the Box laws that remove criminal history questions from job applications are spreading rapidly across the United States and fast becoming a national standard that will soon affect most employers. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a complimentary webinar …

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Montgomery County MD Enacts Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council has unanimously enacted a Ban the Box law – amended Bill 36-14 – to delay the point at which employers in the County may inquire into the criminal history of applicants for County jobs until the conclusion of the first interview. A …

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Ban the Box Webinar from Employment Screening Resources on November 12

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 the webinar “Ban the Box – What Employers Need to Know” on Wednesday, November 12, 2014  from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for …

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St. Petersburg FL to Ban the Box Starting January 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning January 1, 2015, St. Petersburg, Florida will Ban the Box on job applications for the city that asks applicants if they have a criminal record, according to a report on SaintPetersBlog.com available at http://www.saintpetersblog.com/archives/163633.

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City of St. Louis Decides to Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Effective immediately, the City of St. Louis will Ban the Box on job applications for employment with the City so they will no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a press release from the Office of the …

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Roanoke VA Will Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Roanoke, Virginia has agreed to Ban the Box and will implement a policy to remove the question about the criminal history of job applicants from initial applications for most job openings with the city “by January of next year,” according to a report from …

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Atlanta City Council Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Atlanta City Council has passed a Ban the Box ordinance – named for the box on applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – to eliminate discrimination against City of Atlanta job applicants who are ex-offenders. A report from AtlantaDailyWorld.com about the Ban the …

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Inaccurate Background Checks Can Cost Applicants Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Criminal background checks run by employers on applicants that contain erroneous information can cost applicants a chance at jobs and people who fall victim to these inaccurate background checks should be pro-active in correcting them, according to an article by Forbes Staff Writer Susan Adams.

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