Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law a Ban the Box ordinance called the Fair Chance Initiative that requires employers to remove questions about criminal history from job applications and restricts them from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until after a …

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Ban the Box Will Become More the Rule than Exception when Background Screening Workers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Ban the Box movement that works to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial applications is spreading rapidly across the United States, with 24 states and over 150 cities and counties having such laws. The fact that Ban the …

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EEOC Settles Lawsuit Over Record Keeping of Criminal Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A nationwide provider of janitorial and facilities management services will adopt significant changes to its record-keeping practices related to the use of criminal background checks to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an EEOC press release.

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New California Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking about Juvenile Criminal Records Takes Effect January 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new law – Assembly Bill (A.B.) No. 1843 – will take effect January 1, 2017, and amend Section 432.7 of the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain …

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Los Angeles to Ban the Box on Job Applications for Public and Private Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ ordinance to “Ban the Box” from job applications and prevent public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal records while delaying background checks until conditional job offers, according to a blog on …

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University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the …

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HOPE for Prisoners Program Shows Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A member of a registered nonprofit organization called HOPE for Prisoners that helps ex-offenders “transition out of prison to reenter society successfully” says that workers with past criminal records “work harder than other employees” and “truly value their jobs,” according to the article “Should You Hire An …

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Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.”

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Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Jackson County, Missouri has joined the fast spreading Ban the Box movement and will no longer require job candidates applying for employment with the county to check a box on application forms if they have a criminal record, according to a report from the Kansas City Star.

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Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Use of Criminal Records by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Clear Law Institute entitled “The Use of Criminal Records by Employers: Staying Safe, Fair and Legal” on November 22, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for …

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