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California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer. In addition, when conducting a criminal background check, the bill prohibits employers from considering, distributing, or disseminating specified information related to prior convictions. Continue reading

California FEHC Approves Regulations for Employers Using Criminal Records of Applicants and Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 10, 2017, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations first proposed in 2016 that restrict the use of criminal records of job applicants and employees by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. The new regulations from the FEHC – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – will likely take effect on July 1, 2017. Continue reading

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed breakdowns of the Enforcement and Litigation Statistics for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016, which was the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC increased. The EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics are available at www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/. Continue reading

Re-Entry and Second Chance Programs for Ex-Offenders Will Increase in Importance for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study on the criminal background of workers and job performance released in October of 2016 by Northwestern University found that ex-offenders who had criminal records were no worse as employees in the workplace than non-offenders. The fact that re-entry programs and second chance programs  will increase as more employers discover ex-offenders make good employees as well as focus on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Compliance  is Trend Number 2 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

EEOC Settles Lawsuit Over Record Keeping of Criminal Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A nationwide provider of janitorial and facilities management services will adopt significant changes to its record-keeping practices related to the use of criminal background checks to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an EEOC press release. Continue reading

Use of Big Data for Background Checks Will Be Closely Watched for Potential Discrimination Issues

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In October of 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – was being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks. The potential controversies surrounding the use of Big Data is Trend Number 10 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Use of Criminal Records by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Clear Law Institute entitled “The Use of Criminal Records by Employers: Staying Safe, Fair and Legal” on November 22, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this webinar, visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/the-use-of-criminal-records-by-employers-staying-safe-fair-and-legal/. Continue reading

Updated EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan Concerned with Gig Economy and Big Data in Background Screening

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 that reaffirms the EEOC’s commitment to advancing equal opportunity in America’s workplaces while also recognizing new areas of potential concern such as complex employment relationships in the emerging “gig economy” and the use of “big data” for background screening. Continue reading

EEOC Holds Meeting on Use of Big Data in Background Checks for Employment Decisions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an individual – is being used to make hiring and other employment decisions during background checks, according to an EEOC press release. Continue reading

Civil Rights Group Concerned Amazon Policy on Background Checks May Harm Minority Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has sent a letter to Amazon that expresses “profound concern” over recently implemented policies on background checks by the company that resulted in the mass termination of dozens of primarily Black and Latino Amazon drivers, including the firing of 30-40 such employees on a single day in the Boston, MA area. Continue reading