Tag Archives: Criminal records

New Study Reveals Inaccuracies in State Criminal Record Repositories

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study entitled ‘New Facts About the Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories’ released in June of 2016 by BRB Publications, Inc. reveals inaccuracies in state criminal record repositories, as well as the three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of state criminal record repositories could be suspect. The three reasons are: Continue reading

Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website. Continue reading

Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two studies on “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record on initial applications – one by The Brookings Institution and the other by the University of Chicago – claim that these well intentioned laws meant to help ex-offenders re-enter the workforce may have the unintended consequence of causing more harm than good for minority job seekers. Continue reading

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law will take effect August 1, 2016. Continue reading

Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on initial job applications. The Ban the Box law in Connecticut – part of a growing trend sweeping the nation – shall take effect on January 1, 2017. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Ban the Box Legislation for State Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Louisiana State Legislature has passed “Ban the Box” legislation – House Bill No. 266 (HB 266) – that will prohibit state employers from inquiring about the criminal history of a prospective employee on an initial application form until after the prospective employee is given an opportunity to interview for the position or until after the prospective employee is given a conditional offer of employment. Continue reading

Study Finds Ex-Offenders Can Be Good Workers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study assessing the performance of ex-offenders with past criminal records in the workplace reveals that employers could be missing out on good workers by avoiding job applicants with criminal pasts when hiring, according to an article ‘Ex-Cons May Outperform You in the Workplace’ available on the Bloomberg.com website. Continue reading

Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release on city’s website. Continue reading

HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel has released ‘Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions’ to show how The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The HUD Guidance is available here. Continue reading