A proposal by Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell would prevent most employers in the city of Seattle, Washington from denying jobs to job applicants based solely on their criminal history by delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process, according to a report from KOMO News Channel 4.Continue reading "Proposal would Delay Criminal Background Checks by Employers in Seattle until Later in Hiring Process"
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released a draft of the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) open for public comment until September 18, 2012. The draft of the SEP, which will integrate all components of the EEOC’s private, public, and federal sector enforcement, is …Continue reading "Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Enforcement Plan by September 18"
Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in an encore presentation of a 90 minute CLE webinar/teleconference from Strafford titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, …Continue reading "Employment Background Screening and New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Discussed in Webinar on September 6"
A federal district Court in Maryland has ruled that an employer sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for alleged discriminatory use of criminal background checks and credit histories in hiring may compel the EEOC the testify regarding the agency’s own use of criminal records and credit information for employment screening. The ruling EEOC …Continue reading "EEOC Must Testify On Own Use of Criminal Background Checks and Credit Histories for Employment Screening"
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement agreement with an employment agency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania resolving allegations that the company discriminated under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it “impermissibly delayed the start date of two refugees after requiring them to provide specific Form I-9 documentation.” A …Continue reading "Department of Justice Settles Claims of Form I-9 Discrimination against Employment Agency"
Since a deadline date of July 1, 2012, in an effort to give ex-convicts a second chance for employment, a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance in the City of Detroit has implemented a new hiring policy that requires business vendors and contractors to remove the criminal record question on job applications to qualify for future contracts. …Continue reading "Detroit Ban the Box Ordinance Requires City Vendors and Contractors to Remove Criminal Record Question on Job Applications"
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a federal contractor has agreed to settle “allegations of systemic discrimination stemming from the company’s applicant screening process” that discriminated against 795 female and minority applicants by denying them the opportunity to advance to the interview stage. Under terms of the …Continue reading "DOL Hiring Discrimination Case against Federal Contractor Involving Applicant Screening Settled for Two Million Dollars"
According to a recent New York Times article, ‘Wait. A Business Can Be Sued for NOT Hiring Criminals?’, many small business owners do not know it is illegal for employers to impose a “blanket ban” on hiring job applicants with criminal histories and are not aware that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the …Continue reading "Many Small Businesses Unaware of New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Employers"
Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host an hour long webinar titled ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ with Avant Resources on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM …Continue reading "International Background Checks and New EEOC Guidance Explained in Webinars on June 13 and June 14"
One of the premiere experts in the field of background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Seats …Continue reading "EEOC Criminal Record Guidance Webinar Featuring Background Check Expert Scheduled for June 14"