EEOC Issues Fact Sheet to Help Small Business Owners Prevent Discrimination

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has issued a one-page fact sheet entitled “Preventing Discrimination is Good Business” to help small business owners understand their responsibilities under the federal employment anti-discrimination laws.

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Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, …

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Philadelphia Updates Ban the Box Ordinance to Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Protections for Ex-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed an update to the Ban the Box legislation known as the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance and an Executive Order on background checks for City employment to help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the “City …

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Portland OR Joins Ban the Box Movement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Portland (Oregon) City Council has unanimously passed a “Ban the Box” ordinance that will prevent employers from asking job applicants about their conviction history on applications or during interviews in order to eliminate barriers to employment for applicants with criminal backgrounds. This Ban the Box …

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EEOC Report Reveals Focus on Systemic Discrimination

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its annual Fiscal Year 2015 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) on activities during the past fiscal year from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 that were designed to meet the priorities outlined in the EEOC Strategic …

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EEOC Does Not Have to Reveal Statistical Analysis Used for Background Check Lawsuit against Dollar General

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An Illinois federal judge has denied an objection by Dollar General to an earlier ruling that determined the retailer could not obtain the statistical analysis used in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed Dollar General’s background check program kept African Americans …

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President Obama to Announce Executive Order to Ban the Box for Federal Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn United States President Barack Obama will announce an Executive Order to Ban the Box and remove the question about the criminal history of applicants from the job applications for hiring by federal employers, according to “FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration …

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New York City Fair Chance Act Notice Published by NYC Commission on Human Rights

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To help city employers comply …

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New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Private employers in New York City should prepare to Ban the Box on job applications when the Fair Chance Act (FCA) takes effect on October 27, 2015 to promote the hiring of individuals with prior criminal records and prohibit discrimination based on the arrest records or …

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BMW to Pay $1.6 Million to Settle EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) will pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to the alleged victims of race discrimination to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed BMW’s criminal record background check policy disproportionately affected African-American workers, according …

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