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New York City Fair Chance Act Notice Published by NYC Commission on Human Rights

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To help city employers comply with the FCA, the NYC Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) published a “Fair Chance Act Notice” that employers can use to perform an analysis of applicants under Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law. Continue reading

New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private employers in New York City should prepare to Ban the Box on job applications when the Fair Chance Act (FCA) takes effect on October 27, 2015 to promote the hiring of individuals with prior criminal records and prohibit discrimination based on the arrest records or criminal convictions of job applicants. Continue reading

Ban the Box Toolkit from NELP Helps Advocates Start a Fair Chance Campaign

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) – a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers – is offering a Ban the Box Toolkit to provide advocates with a step-by-step guide on how to launch a Fair Chance campaign in their city or state to ban the box that job applicants are asked to check on employment applications to indicate that they have a past criminal record. Continue reading

Fair Chance Act Would Ban the Box for Federal Contractors

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation – The Fair Chance Act – that would “Ban the Box” and give ex-offenders a fair chance at finding employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until a conditional offer of employment is received, according to a press release on the website of U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Continue reading

BMW to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) will pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to the alleged victims of race discrimination to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed BMW’s criminal record background check policy disproportionately affected African-American workers, according to a press release from the EEOC. Continue reading

Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort Myers, FL and Cape Coral, FL. Continue reading

San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance May Hurt Ex-Offenders the Law was Meant to Help

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that took effect a year ago today on August 13, 2014, requires San Francisco City and County employers with 20 or more workers to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using the criminal record history of job applicants and employees. Continue reading

Judge Refuses to Dismiss EEOC Background Check Lawsuit against BMW

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against BMW Manufacturing Co. claiming the criminal background check policy used by BMW to screen workers is unfair to African-Americans, according to a report from CourthouseNews.com. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Records Guidance Examined in Webinar August 13

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers understand U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records when hiring, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled “EEOC Criminal Records Update” on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT. To learn more, visit: http://auroratrainingadvantage.com/webinars/eeoc-criminal-records-update/. Continue reading

Businesses Charged with Violating Seattle Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) records reveal 40 businesses were charged in the last year with allegedly violating the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance, a Ban the Box law that took effect on November 1, 2013 that prohibits employers from asking about criminal history on job applications or advertising that jobs require background checks, reports KING 5 in Seattle, WA. Continue reading