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Fair Chance Act Rules from New York City Commission on Human Rights Take Effect August 5

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) – which enforces New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – has amended rules to establish definitions and procedures applying to the Fair Chance Act (FCA) that took effect in October of 2015 to amend the NYCHRL provisions regarding unlawful discrimination on the basis of criminal history against job applicants and employees, and applicants for licenses, registrations, and permits. The rules take effect August 5, 2017. Continue reading

University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Shows Employers How to Deal with Employees Charged with a Crime

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar for Clear Law Institute – “Dealing with Employees Charged with a Crime” – on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this event, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/dealing-with-employees-charged-with-a-crime/. Continue reading

California Employers Must Comply with Regulations for Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California employers should be aware of the “California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that restrict the use of criminal records by employers in hiring and other employment decisions that took effect on July 1, 2017, according to an article posted on the Society for the Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

Study Finds Ban the Box Policies Increase Odds of Public Sector Employment for Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study released in January of 2017 entitled “Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment” has found that Ban the Box policies that remove criminal history questions from applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process increased the odds of public sector employment for those job applicants with criminal records by close to 40 percent. This study may be downloaded here. Continue reading

Ban the Box Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in Three States on July 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 1, 2017, several “Ban the Box” laws – so called because they remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history and delay such questions until later in the hiring process – are scheduled to take effect in three states: Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Continue reading

California FEHC Regulations for Considering Criminal History in Employment Decisions take Effect July 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – has approved the “California FEHC’s Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that will take effect on July 1, 2017, and restrict the use of criminal records by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. Continue reading

Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history pertaining to specific offenses. The Louisiana Ban the Box law takes effect on August 1, 2017. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Creates Infographic to Help Employers Comply with California FEHC Criminal History Regulations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco, CA-area – has created an infographic to help employers comply with the “California Fair Employment & Housing Council’s (FEHC) Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that take effect on July 1, 2017. The infographic for the new FEHC regulations on criminal history is available at www.esrcheck.com/California-FEHC-Criminal-History-Regulations-Infographic/Continue reading

Indiana to Prohibit Local Ban the Box Laws that Prevent Employers from Using Criminal History Information

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation – Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) – to prohibit “political subdivisions” in the state such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing “Ban the Box” laws that prevent employers from obtaining or using the criminal history information of job applicants during the hiring process to the extent allowed by federal or state laws and regulations. SB 312 takes effect July 1, 2017. Continue reading