President Obama Appoints New EEOC Chair

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that President Barack Obama has appointed Vice Chair Jenny R. Yang as Chair of the EEOC. More information about the appointment of Yang – who will be the first Asian-American Chair of the EEOC – is available on …

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Study Links Ban the Box Laws to Public Safety

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A ‘first of its kind’ study published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice has linked the Ban the Box legislation that removes the criminal history question from job applications to improved public safety. More information about the study ‘The Effect of Hawaii’s Ban the Box Law …

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California Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mug Shot Shakedowns

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation – Senate Bill 1027 (SB 1027) – that amends the California Civil Code to prohibit websites from posting arrest mug shots and then charging a fee to remove the photos. The complete text of SB 1027 – which takes effect …

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Ban the Box Becoming National Trend Says Safe Hiring Expert

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from initial job applications is becoming a national trend “that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” according to Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen’s comments are featured …

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Ban the Box Arrives in San Francisco August 13

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Ban the Box Movement – named for the box on job applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – has arrived in San Francisco, California as the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) takes effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ban the Box Ordinance requires San …

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Ban the Box Act Signed by New Jersey Governor

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed Ban the Box legislation – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – that establishes 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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Ban the Box Movement Reaches Spokane WA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Ban the Box movement has reached Spokane, Washington as Mayor David Condon indicated that the city “would join a nationwide trend to Ban the Box and no longer ask city job applicants about their criminal background,” according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

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New Alabama Expungement Law Allows Clearing of Arrest Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new Alabama expungement law that took effect July 7, 2014 allows residents who have been arrested – but not convicted – of a crime an opportunity to clear their arrest record and have the charge “deemed never to have occurred,” according to a report on the …

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San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect August 13

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance – also known as the Ban the Box Ordinance – will take effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ordinance will require employers with San Francisco City or County offices and worksites who have 20 or more …

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Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed “Ban the Box” legislation – HB 5701 (Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act) – that will help ex-offenders find work in the private sector by preventing criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. The law …

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