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Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Executive Order NO. 03-15 to implement a ‘Ban the Box’ state hiring policy that removes questions about criminal records from the first part of job applications for state employment, according to a report at http://governor.vermont.gov/node/2326. Continue reading

Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several construction workers hired to help build a new campus in Cupertino, California for tech giant Apple were let go from their jobs in January because of prior felony criminal convictions, according to a report from The San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: An Apple spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News the company has lifted the requirement that people convicted of felonies in the past seven years could not work on the Cupertino construction project. Read the full story at ‘Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for construction work’.) Continue reading

Virginia to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed Executive Order 41 to “Ban the Box” and remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from state job applications, according to a news release on the Governor’s website. The Order also makes clear that the criminal history of state job applicants shall not be a determining factor in employment decisions unless the criminal history of state job applicants bears specific relation to the job for which they are being considered. Continue reading

Ban the Box Takes Effect in Syracuse NY on March 22

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A “Ban the Box” policy that eliminates the box on initial job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have criminal records will take effect in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, March 22, 2015, according to a report from The Daily Orange website. Continue reading

GAO Releases Report on Criminal History Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the “congressional watchdog” investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars – has released a report on the use of criminal background checks titled ‘Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used For Employment-Related Background Checks (GAO-15-162).’ The complete report from the GAO is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/GAO-Criminal-History-Records-Report.pdf. Continue reading

Hawaii Supreme Court Decision Helps Define Ban the Box Laws

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court in the case Shimose v. Hawaii Health Systems Corp., No. SCWC-12-0000422 (Jan. 16, 2015) helps to define “ban the box” laws that restrict the scope and timing of permissible investigations into the criminal history of job applicants. The decision is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Shimose_v_Hawaii_Health_Systems_Corp.pdf. Continue reading

EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Examined in Webinar on March 20

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers comply with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute title “Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Record Guidance.” The webinar will take place Friday, March 20, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. For more information, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars-and-seminars/practical-steps-employers-take-comply-new-eeoc-criminal-record-guidance/. Continue reading

New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective March 1, 2015, Ban the Box legislation in New Jersey – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – will establish certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process. The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/02.23.15.03.pdf. Continue reading

Court Affirms Judgment against EEOC in Freeman Case

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that corporate events service provider Freeman conducted criminal background checks that had an unlawful disparate impact on black and male job applicants in violation of Title VII. The appeal decision in EEOC vs. Freeman, No.13-2365 (February 20, 2015) – which unanimously affirms the rejection of “utterly unreliable analysis” from an EEOC expert – is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/EEOC-v-Freeman-Decision.pdf. Continue reading