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Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten & Golden LLP and a coalition of legal advocates. Continue reading

White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would “Ban the Box” and prohibit the government from asking about the criminal history of applicants for Federal employment until later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer. The public has until July 1, 2016, to submit comments here before a final rule is issued. Continue reading

National Reentry Week Part of Department of Justice Mission to Help Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help reformed ex-offenders contribute to their communities upon release from prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) designated the week of April 24-30, 2016, as National Reentry Week and asked the Bureau of Prisons to coordinate reentry events such as job fairs, practice interviews, and mentorship programs at their facilities across the country. Continue reading

Census Bureau Background Check Lawsuit Settlement Should Be Wake Up Call for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Census Bureau agreeing to pay a $15 million settlement to end a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records during the criminal background check process when hiring temporary workers for the 2010 census “should also be a wake-up call for employers,” according to a background check expert quoted in an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

President Obama Urged to Ban the Box for Federal Contractors by Civil and Human Rights Groups

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has written an advocacy letter to President Barack Obama on behalf of more than 100 organizations and individuals that both commends the administration’s “commitment to reducing barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records” but also asks “for additional action that extends ban the box and fair chance hiring to the nation’s government contractors.” Continue reading

Census Bureau Agrees to Pay $15 Million to Settle Lawsuit for Discrimination in Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Census Bureau has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the criminal background checks performed when hiring workers for the 2010 census racially discriminated against African American and Hispanic job applicants with arrest records, according to a report from Reuters on the Census Discrimination Lawsuit website. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Shows How Improper Use of Criminal Records Can Get Employers Sued

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” will present a live 90 minute webinar with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST. For more information or to register for this event, click here. Continue reading

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