Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 16, 2016, the White House announced a new round of signers of the Obama administration’s Fair Chance Business Pledge that includes Walmart – the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees – to bring the total number of companies and organizations pledging …Continue reading "White House Announces New Round of Employers Taking Ban the Box Pledge"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a policy brief – Racial Profiling in Hiring: A Critique of New “Ban the Box” Studies – critical of two studies that claim Ban the Box policies meant to help applicants with criminal records find work could do …Continue reading "NELP Argues Studies Critical of Ban the Box Reach Wrong Conclusion"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Research on Ban the Box (BTB) policies issued in July 2016 suggests that jurisdictions in the United States that adopted Ban the Box policies preventing employers from conducting criminal background checks until late in the hiring process to improve employment opportunities for job seekers with criminal …Continue reading "Research Suggests Ban the Box Policies May Unintentionally Harm Minority Job Seekers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has awarded a $10.8 million contract using money allocated by lawmakers in the state capital budget to replace the state’s “broken” criminal background check system, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch.Continue reading "Ohio Paying Nearly $11 Million to Replace Criminal Background Check System"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In July of 2016, legislators in Tompkins County, New York unanimously voted to Ban the Box and remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and leave such inquiries for later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer is made by employers, according to …Continue reading "Tompkins County NY Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will teach a course with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. to …Continue reading "Course Teaches Employers How to Properly Use Criminal Records for Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in Texas v. EEOC (No. 14-10949, 6/27/16) that the Lone Star state may challenge in court the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement guidance on the use of criminal background checks by employers, according …Continue reading "Court Rules Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – which currently represents more than 750 member companies engaged in employment and tenant background screening across the United States – has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) request for comment on …Continue reading "NAPBS Submits Comments to OPM on Proposed Revisions to Federal Agency Hiring Practices"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study entitled ‘New Facts About the Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories’ released in June of 2016 by BRB Publications, Inc. reveals inaccuracies in state criminal record repositories, as well as the three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, and …Continue reading "New Study Reveals Inaccuracies in State Criminal Record Repositories"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website.Continue reading "Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications"