Tag Archives: Criminal records

North Las Vegas Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

North Las Vegas has become the first municipality in Nevada to adopt a “Ban the Box” policy that will remove the box on city job applications that applicants must check if they have criminal records to allow ex-offenders a fair chance to advance in the hiring process, according to a report in the Las Vegas Sun. Continue reading

Civil Rights Group Concerned Amazon Policy on Background Checks May Harm Minority Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has sent a letter to Amazon that expresses “profound concern” over recently implemented policies on background checks by the company that resulted in the mass termination of dozens of primarily Black and Latino Amazon drivers, including the firing of 30-40 such employees on a single day in the Boston, MA area. Continue reading

DOJ and EEOC Report Finds Background Checks Can Be Barrier to Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a comprehensive report entitled “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” that examines many promising practices as well as possible barriers – including criminal background checks – in recruitment, hiring, and retention for advancing diversity in law enforcement. Continue reading

California to Prohibit Employers from Considering Juvenile Records for Employment Purposes

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation taking effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1843 – that will amend the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain juvenile records occurring while that person was subject to juvenile court law. Continue reading

SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students wishing to attend any of the SUNY schools in New York, according to a memorandum to Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The effective date of the SUNY Ban the Box policy will be July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Host Webinar on EEOC Criminal Record Guidance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – approved an updated ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ that has since impacted how employers in America hire. Continue reading

Sacramento CA May Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sacramento, California is considering a law that may “Ban the Box” and prohibit private companies from receiving city contracts if they ask their workers whether or not they have a criminal conviction on job applications, according to a report from KCRA 3 News in Sacramento. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Explains Steps Employers Should Take When Employees are Charged with a Crime

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Since numerous concerns are raised when employers learn an employee has been arrested, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Aurora Training Advantage entitled ‘Employees That Have Been Charged with a Crime’ on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.  To register for the webinar, which is worth 1.5 HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credits, visit http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/webinars/employees-charged-crime/. Continue reading

White House Announces New Round of Employers Taking Ban the Box Pledge

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 16, 2016, the White House announced a new round of signers of the Obama administration’s Fair Chance Business Pledge that includes Walmart – the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees – to bring the total number of companies and organizations pledging to “Ban the Box” and help job candidates with criminal histories to return to the workforce to 185 employers. Continue reading

NELP Argues Studies Critical of Ban the Box Reach Wrong Conclusion

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a policy brief – Racial Profiling in Hiring: A Critique of New “Ban the Box” Studies – critical of two studies that claim Ban the Box policies meant to help applicants with criminal records find work could do “more harm than good” by unintentionally harming minority job seekers. NELP believes these Ban the Box studies reach “the wrong conclusion.” Continue reading