Tag Archives: Criminal records

Major Corporations Sign White House Pledge to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several major American corporations including Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Starbucks have joined President Barack Obama as the founding members in signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge that asks all of the U.S. private sector to Ban the Box on employment applications in order to eliminate barriers to job seekers with a criminal record, according to a White House Fact Sheet. Continue reading

Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Ban the Box legislation – Executive Order 16-04 – to direct state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to jobs by removing questions relating to criminal history from initial state employment applications, according to a report on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Austin TX to Ban the Box for Most Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Austin City Council has passed Ban the Box legislation to give people with criminal records a fair chance to find work by prohibiting most private employers in the City from conducting a background check into the criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional job offer is made to them. Continue reading

Chattanooga Police Dealing with Backlog of 23,000 Expunged Criminal Records that Could Affect Background Checks and Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Chattanooga, Tennessee Police Department is working to process a backlog of at least 23,000 orders for expunged criminal files, where a legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is sealed and erased in the eyes of the law, which could affect the hiring of job seekers with criminal records that undergo background checks, according to a report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Continue reading

Presidential Candidates Asked to Make Re-Entry of People with Criminal Background into Workforce a Priority in America

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) held a press conference on Sunday, March 13, 2016, with people who have a criminal background in America to call on presidential candidates running in the upcoming Illinois primary on Tuesday to make workforce re-entry issues a priority for the United States, according to a press release from Ford’s office. Continue reading

Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, and help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the City, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. Continue reading

Webinar Helps Employers Comply with EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers comply with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Aurora Training Advantage entitled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on February 25, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST (11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST). Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Reviews Book on Criminal Records in America

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

“The Eternal Criminal Record” (Harvard University Press 2015) by Professor James B. Jacobs “covers critical topics and is essential reading for anyone dealing with background checks and the impact of criminal records on individuals,” according to a book review by Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of San Francisco, California area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Continue reading

NFL to Background Check Players Entering 2016 Draft for Criminal Convictions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

All college football players planning to enter the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Draft will undergo a criminal record background check that could bar them from attending the NFL Scouting Combine or the NFL Draft if convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault, or weapons charges are revealed, according to a news story on NFL.com. Continue reading

Report Finds Exonerations in US Reached Record High in 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report released by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 2015 was record year for exonerations in the United States with 149 in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts, and Guam. The 149 exonerations broke the previous record of 139 set in 2014. The 149 defendants who were exonerated in 2015 served on average approximately 14-and-a-half years in prison. Continue reading