California Assembly Bill 1831 would Prohibit Local Governments from Asking about Criminal History on Initial Job Applications

A new piece of California legislature – Assembly Bill No. 1831 (AB 1831) – would prohibit local governments in the state “from inquiring into or considering the criminal history of an applicant or including any inquiry about criminal history on any initial employment application.” AB 1831 would only authorize a local government to consider the …

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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 …

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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 – …

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Ban the Box Movement Wants Question on Applications Asking Jobseekers about Criminal Pasts Removed

A Special Report on KTVU-TV Channel 2 News in San Francisco – ‘Ex-Felons Face Tough Road In Difficult Job Market’ – features a group pushing to “Ban the Box” that ex-offenders must check on job applications to disclose their criminal pasts to employers. In the KTVU story, a truck driver – an ex-felon who served …

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Supreme Court Ruling in NASA Case Limits Privacy Rights of Workers in Employment Background Checks

In a case pitting individual privacy rights of citizens against national security concerns of a country, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling limiting government inquiries about contract workers at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) laboratory and ruled the federal government can ask employees about their drug treatment, medical conditions, or other personal matters …

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Inaccurate Criminal Background Check Information Leaves Innocent Man Jobless

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor A man from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was stunned after he was fired from his job at a video-game store for ‘nondisclosure of information’ on his application caused by what turned out to be erroneous information on a background check, according to a story in the Philadelphia …

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Saginaw County MI Ready to Ban the Box Questioning Job Applicants about Criminal Pasts on Job Applications

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Saginaw County, Michigan appears poised to join the growing “Ban the Box” movement by voting to remove questions – and the box to be checked when answering – regarding criminal pasts of job applicants on county government employment applications. As reported in stories on mlive.com, the Saginaw County Board …

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ESR NEWS ALERT: Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Prohibits Employers from Asking About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications Effective November 4, 2010

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications because of new legislation that prohibits employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which includes criminal charges, arrests, and incarceration. As previously …

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New Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Prohibits Employers from Asking About Criminal Convictions on Initial Job Applications Starting November 4

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Starting November 4, 2010, employers in Massachusetts will no longer be able to ask about convictions on “initial” job applications. In August 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation that prohibits employers from asking questions on initial written job applications about criminal offender record information, which …

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From the ESR Mailbox: Employment Applications and Questions about Past Criminal Convictions

By Lester Rosen, ESR President From the ESR mailbox: Our HR department is changing our application form so that an applicant only has to answer questions about any criminal matter going back seven years. They say that this is required under the laws of many states, including California. Are they right? Answer: The issue of …

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