Written By Thomas Ahearn A 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 "Lawsuit Claims Job Applicants Misidentified As Criminal Defendants"
Written By Thomas Ahearn A 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 …Continue reading "Illinois May Ban the Box for Private Employers"
Written By Thomas Ahearn Delaware 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. …Continue reading "Delaware Latest State to Ban the Box"
Written By Thomas Ahearn The 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 …Continue reading "Baltimore City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill"
Written By Thomas Ahearn Attorney 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) …Continue reading "Background Check Expert Les Rosen Speaks at SHRM Conference"
Written By Thomas Ahearn On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring decisions. Two years later, employers still needing help to ensure compliance while performing criminal background checks. Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present the session ‘Dealing …Continue reading "Safe Hiring Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at SHRM Talent Management Conference"
Written By Thomas Ahearn Background screening industry veteran Brad Landin, President of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘New Times, New Rules: The Latest on Criminal Record Guidance’ on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT at the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) HR West® 2014 at …Continue reading "Screening Industry Veteran Brad Landin To Discuss EEOC Criminal Record Guidance at HR West 2014"
By Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) A ruling by a federal judge in a case in Minnesota on March 26, 2013 underscores the need for background screening firms to carefully review their processes for re-investigation of consumer disputes.Continue reading "Court Ruling Underscores Best Practices for Handling Consumer Disputes about Accuracy of Criminal Records in Background Checks"
Written By Thomas Ahearn New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has secured agreements with four large background check firms that will prohibit them “from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to defer hiring decisions to employers who must conduct an individualized consideration of candidates in …Continue reading "New York State AG Secures Agreements with Background Check Firms"
Written By Thomas Ahearn Starting August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) will require employers doing business in San Francisco with 20 or more employees to “Ban the Box” and remove questions on applications asking about the criminal history of job applicants. The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, which will enforce the …Continue reading "San Francisco Ban the Box Notice Available"