Maryland Becomes Latest State to Ban the Box Asking Questions about Criminal History from Job Applications

With the signing Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) by Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland became the ninth U.S. state to “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal history from state job applications while also postponing questions about criminal records of applicants until later in the hiring process.  SB 4 removes the criminal history question from …

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US Senate Confirms New Commissioner of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jenny Yang to serve in the post of Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Her term will expire on July 1, 2017.  A ‘Senate Floor Wrap Up’ for Thursday, April 25, 2013, the date of confirmation, is available at http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/04/25/senate-floor-wrap-up-for-thursday-april-25-2013/.

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National Database for Background Checks Shown in Movies and Television Crime Programs Just a Popular Myth

The idea that there exists one single “national database” for background checks with accurate and complete criminal record information for every person in America is a “popular myth” fueled by movies and television crime programs, according to a blog written by a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Board of Directors. …

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City of Richmond Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Removing Question about Criminal History from Job Applications

The City Council of Richmond, Virginia has unanimously passed a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance that would to eliminate the question asking job applicants about prior felony convictions on application forms for many city jobs, according to an article on the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch website.

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Access to Public Court Records in California Threatened by Proposed Search Fee in Trailer Bill

In a move that could significantly limit access to public court records, a trailer bill written by the California Administrative Office of the Courts proposes to charge a $10 fee on nearly every court file requested by members of the general public – including journalists and court researchers who review a large amount of files for …

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Ban the Box Legislation Introduced in New Jersey to Restrict Criminal History Questions for Employment

Legislation recently introduced in the New Jersey Senate – Senate Bill No. 2586, ‘The Opportunity to Compete Act’ (OCA) – would “ban the box” asking about criminal histories on job applications and restrict questions by employers about criminal records of current employees or applicants. The OCA would also prohibit employers in New Jersey from inquiring …

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San Francisco Court Separates Misdemeanor and Felony Cases into Two Indexes for Public Records Research

The San Francisco Superior Court has made significant changes to the nature of the predominantly used pre-2013 index in paper form that was until recently a combined felony/misdemeanor index, according to an alert from a Public Records Research Provider. The court has separated misdemeanor and felony cases into separate indexes issued in multiple “books” separated …

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Ban the Box Movement Removing Question about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreads Across United States

In December 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware became the latest U.S. cities to join the growing “ban the box” movement when the City Council passed legislation that eliminated the check box asking about criminal history from job applications for the city. Pittsburgh joined other U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on How Employers Can Comply with New EEOC Criminal Guidance

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Avant Resources to help employers maintain compliance with new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance for the use of criminal records. The hour long webinar, ‘How Employers Can Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ will take place …

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Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths

The refusal of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers until 2008 allowed convicted child sex offenders to join the organization and led to a significant amount of alleged sexual abuse of youths, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of confidential BSA files. Full LA Times coverage …

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