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Criminal Records a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen for California Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers in California deal with complex laws regarding the use of criminal records during background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled “Criminal Records and California Employers: A Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT at the HR in California Virtual Event hosted by HR.com and the Institute for Human Resources (IHR). To register, please click here. Continue reading

Ban the Box Demonstration Planned for White House

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Advocates, civil rights leaders, clergy, and impacted individuals will hold a demonstration at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to “Ban the Box” and implement fair hiring practices for federal jobs, according to a press release from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Continue reading

City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report on KAKE.com. Continue reading

Oregon to Join Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Oregon House and Senate have approved House Bill (HB) 3025 that will Ban the Box and bar most employers in the state from asking applicants about criminal convictions on initial job applications, according to a report in the Portland Tribune. The legislation now heads to Governor Kate Brown for her signature. The text of HB 3025 is available at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3025. (UPDATE: On June 25, 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 3025. The new law takes effect January 1, 2016. Read more.) Continue reading

Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 409 (S.B. 409) which “removes the prohibition against disclosing a record of conviction of a crime which is more than 7 years old, meaning that there is no limitation of time for which such a record may be disclosed.” The text of Nevada SB 409 – which revises the law for preparing background check reports by Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Nevada-SB409-Enrolled.pdf. Continue reading

Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Performance Audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office – “Improving the Completeness of Washington’s Criminal History Records Database” – has found that a third of the dispositions reported in the Judicial Information System (JIS) in 2012 were missing from the Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The audit report is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/WA-Criminal-History-Records.pdf. Continue reading

New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer is made, according to an Associated Press (AP) report on myfoxny.com. AP also reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signaled support and is expected to sign the Ban the Box bill into law (Update: Mayor de Blasio Signs “Fair Chance Act”). Continue reading

Congress Urges President Obama to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

More than 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to “Ban the Box” on job applications and adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy at the federal level, according to a press release on the website of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), one of the co-leaders of this Ban the Box effort. Continue reading

Ban the Box Comes to Ohio Starting June 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Beginning on June 1, 2015, Ohio will “Ban the Box” and remove the box that applicants are asked to check on state civil service job applications if they have past criminal convictions, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP) on the Cincinnati.com website (UUPDATE: Kasich Signs Ban the Box into Law). Continue reading

Hiring Expert to Discuss EEOC Guidance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference to discuss EEOC Guidance titled ‘Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions’ on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more, please visit http://www.theindustrycalendar.com/showWCDetails.asp?TCID=1014710. Continue reading