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California Bill AB 1450 would Prohibit Discrimination against Unemployed Jobseekers by Employers or Employment Agencies

In an effort to help stop discrimination against unemployed Californians looking for work who may be passed over by employers or employment agencies only interested in hiring applicants who already have a job, newly proposed legislation in the state – California Assembly Bill No. 1450 (AB 1450) – would fine California employers and employment agencies that refuse to consider jobless applicants for job openings. The full text of California AB 1450 is available at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1401-1450/ab_1450_bill_20120105_introduced.pdf. Continue reading

Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater Scrutiny by EEOC

With a recent survey showing nine out of ten employers conduct criminal background checks on some or all job candidates, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting in July 2011 examining the use of arrest and conviction records by employers for criminal background checks to determine if the practice was an unfair and discriminatory hiring barrier to job seeking ex-offenders. The EEOC’s actions, coupled with the growing “Ban the Box” movement seeking to remove the criminal history question from job applications, shows that employer use of criminal records is under fire now more than ever. This is Trend Number 1 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Credit Report Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Increasingly Regulated by State Laws

In recent years, several U.S. states have passed laws regulating the use of employment credit reports of job applicants and current employees that have impacted the way employers conduct background checks. Seven states – California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington – currently have laws that limit the use of credit report checks by employers for employment purposes, with the most recent law, California Assembly Bill 22 (CA AB 22), taking effect January 1, 2012. Other states, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), are considering further restrictions on credit checks by employers. This is Trend Number 2 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Study Shows Nearly One Third of Young Adults in United States Arrested by Age 23

Further evidence that the number of people in the United States who have criminal records is larger than most people think, the federal government’s National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) has found that nearly one third of the 23-year-olds participating in the study – 30.2 percent – reported being arrested for an offense other than a minor traffic violation, a figure noticeably higher than the 22 percent reported in an earlier NLSY study conducted in 1965. More information about The NLSY97 study may be found at http://www.bls.gov/nls/nlsy97.htm. Continue reading

Survey Finds Nearly All Retailers Polled Use Background Screening to Keep Customers and Stores Safe

Illustrating the importance of employee background screening in keeping customers and retailers safe, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has released a new survey completed by retail executives from nearly 100 of the nation’s leading department stores, mass merchants, discounters, drug stores, grocery stores, and restaurants that shows nearly all retailers polled – 96.6 percent – utilize some form background screening during the application, hiring, and employment process. The NRF ‘Background Screening: Protecting Retailers and Consumers’ Survey is available for download at: http://www.nrf.com/backgroundscreening. Continue reading

Cleveland Bans the Box from City Job Applications Asking Applicants about Felony Criminal Convictions

In an effort to provide fair employment opportunities for ex-convicts, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has “banned the box” from City of Cleveland job and civil service testing applications by removing the checkbox used by job applicants to indicate whether or not they have felony convictions, according to a press release on the city’s website. Cleveland is now one of only 28 cities/counties across the country to “ban the box.” Continue reading

Some Studies Suggest Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers May Increase Unemployment Rates of Minorities

A letter from three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggests a recent hearing held by the EEOC examining arrest and conviction records as a hiring barrier in which some panelists sought to limit – or in some cases eliminate – the ability of employers to perform criminal background checks on job applicants during the hiring process fails to consider recent studies that suggest the use of criminal background checks does not automatically lead to lower hiring rates of minorities, according to the article ‘Will restricting criminal background checks actually increase minority unemployment?’ from The Daily Caller. Continue reading

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sanctioned by Federal Court and Ordered Pay $2.6 Million in Fees and Costs

In a decision that follows more than a decade of litigation, a federal Court in Michigan has sanctioned the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency of the U.S. Government that enforces federal employment discrimination laws – and awarded the target of an EEOC gender discrimination investigation, Cintas Corporation, $2,638,443.93 in attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses. The Court’s opinion on EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION v. CINTAS CORPORATION is available at: http://www.workplaceclassaction.com/EEOCCintas8_11.pdf. Continue reading

Case of Hotel Employee with Criminal Past Accused Of Raping Guest Demonstrates Need for Criminal Background Checks

A recent case in central Florida involving a hotel worker who was an ex-offender with a long criminal past being accused of raping a guest demonstrates in graphic detail the need for criminal background checks by employers. According to a report from NBC affiliate WESH Channel 2 News in Orlando, the woman reported to police that an employee who lived and worked at the hotel where she was staying used his master key to break into her room in the middle of the night and rape her while she begged him to stop. In the story, the Florida Department of Corrections reported the accused man – who police said faces charges of sexual battery and burglary – had a long history of criminal activity “with about seven trips to state prison” and was most recently released in 2009. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert Issues Public Comment for EEOC Meeting on Criminal Background Checks of Jobseekers as Hiring Barrier

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), has submitted a letter for public comment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the Government agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – after the Commission recently held a public meeting on July 26, 2011 that examined the use by employers of arrest and conviction records for criminal background checks to determine if the practice was an unfair and discriminatory hiring barrier to jobseeking ex-offenders. The Commission had held open the July 26 meeting record for 15 days and invited members of the public to submit written comments on any issue or matters discussed at the meeting. The letter in its entirety is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/EEOC-and-the-Use-of-Criminal-Records-for-Employment.php. Continue reading