Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill – H.261 – that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont, according to a press release on the Governor’s website.

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Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council …

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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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

  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 …

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

  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, …

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Major Corporations Sign White House Pledge to Ban the Box

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 …

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