Tag Archives: Criminal records

Hearing Examines EEOC Guidance for Criminal Records

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs about EEOCOn June 10, 2014, a House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee held a hearing – “The Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities of the EEOC: Examining the Concerns of Stakeholders” – that examined worries over U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance that discourages employers from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants. An archived webcast of the EEOC hearing is available at: http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=263. Continue reading

Uber Driver with Criminal Past Allegedly Hit Passenger

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs - Criminal RecordsA driver with car service company Uber who passed a background check even though he had a criminal record is accused of physically assaulting his passenger and faces criminal charges, according to an article on Forbes.com available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EEOCIn April 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated Guidance on the use of criminal records during the hiring process. To help employers comply with the EEOC, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present an hour long webinar with Avant Resources titled ‘Proper Use of Criminal Records When Hiring: Best Practices for Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines’ on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET. To learn more, visit http://www.avantresources.com/store/proper-use-of-criminal-records-when-hiring2014-05-30-19-16-20-detail. Continue reading

Baltimore Mayor Signs Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a signed a Ban the Box bill to make private employers in the city remove a box from job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record, according to a report from WJZ-TV CBS 13 on CBSBaltimore.com. The full story about the signing of the bill, which takes effect 90 days after adoption, is available at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/rawlings-blake-signs-ban-the-box-bill/. Continue reading

Rochester NY Votes to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxThe City Council of Rochester, New York has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and prohibit public and private employers in the city with four or more employees from asking about the criminal history of job seekers on applications. A report in the Rochester Democrat Chronicle about the Ban the Box law, which takes effect in 180 days, is available at http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/05/20/city-council-votes-ban-box/9356071/. Continue reading

Lawsuit Claims Job Applicants Misidentified As Criminal Defendants

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Class Action LawsuitA federal class action lawsuit claims a background check company misidentified thousands of job applicants as criminal defendants after they posted bail for people who had been arrested, according to a report from CourthouseNews.com available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/05/19/67972.htm. Continue reading

Illinois May Ban the Box for Private Employers

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Illinois Ban the BoxA Senate Committee of the Illinois General Assembly has voted to approve legislation – House Bill 5701, The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act – to restrict private employers with more than 15 employees from asking job applicants about criminal records until later in the hiring process. A copy of HB5701 is at http://ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/PDF/09800HB5701lv.pdf. (Updated July 21, 2014: Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation) Continue reading

Delaware Latest State to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxDelaware Governor Jack Markell has signed Ban the Box legislation – House Bill 167 – that will prohibit public employers in the state from inquiring into criminal records of job applicants before their first interview by “banning the box” that asks job candidates to check if they have a criminal record. The full text of House Bill 167 is at http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+167/$file/legis.html?open. Continue reading

Baltimore City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill

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Ban The BoxThe City Council of Baltimore, Maryland has passed Ban the Box legislation that will bar employers in the city with ten or more workers from asking job seekers about their criminal record history on job applications and make them wait until a conditional job offer has been extended, according to a Baltimore Sun news report. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the bill which will go into effect 90 days after adoption. The full story is available at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-council-20140428%2C0%2C2777891.story. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Les Rosen Speaks at SHRM Conference

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Les RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak at two sessions – ‘Dealing with the New EEOC Criminal Records Guidance and Hiring’ and ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks’ – on April 29 and 30, 2014 at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information on the presentations, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/Detail/192/SHRM-Talent-Management-Conference-and-Exposition. Continue reading