Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website.

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Utah to Join Ban the Box Movement to Delay Questions about Criminal Records of Applicants for State Jobs

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Utah has joined the so-called “Ban the Box” movement to delay any questions by government employers about the criminal records of job applicants applying for state employment in order to give ex-offenders a fair chance to find work after release from prison, according to …

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Los Angeles BCA Offers Resources for Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) is offering resources for a “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that restricts inquiry by employers into the criminal records of job applicants until after they make a conditional …

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Congress Introduces Bipartisan Ban the Box Legislation to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced “Ban the Box” legislation – the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906) – to ensure that job seekers who have a conviction record in their past are not unfairly shut out from federal …

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Employment Screening Resources Creates Infographic for Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global provider of background checks located in California, has issued a City of Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Infographic that outlines employment requirements and impact of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January …

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Wells Fargo Sued by Former Employees Fired Over Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February of 2017, nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo bank filed a lawsuit in a South Dakota District federal court that claimed they were fired from their jobs for minor criminal charges already disclosed when they were originally hired after Wells Fargo conducted background …

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California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that …

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Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history …

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California FEHC Approves Regulations for Employers Using Criminal Records of Applicants and Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 10, 2017, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations first proposed in 2016 that restrict the use of criminal records of job applicants and employees by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. The new regulations from the FEHC – the state agency …

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City of Los Angeles Issues Ban the Box Ordinance Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) has issued an Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form to help employers comply with the Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January 22, 2017.

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