Michigan Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive instructing all state departments and agencies to “Ban the Box” and remove the felony question box that precedes job applications on NEOGOV – the website where residents can apply for state employment – and replace …

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Amended Massachusetts Ban the Box Law Takes Effect October 13

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform (Senate Bill S.2371) to amend the state’s “Ban the Box” law and further restrict the ability of employers to consider the criminal history of job applicants during the hiring process. The Act …

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Duke University Adopts Ban the Box Policy and Will Not Ask Job Applicants About Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Duke University and Duke University Health System have both adopted a “Ban the Box” policy and will no longer ask job applicants if they have ever been convicted of a crime during the hiring process starting on November 1, 2018, according a post on the Duke Today website.

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Furniture Retailer Reaches Agreement with EEOC to Revise Criminal Background Check Procedures

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 24, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it reached an agreement with furniture retailer Rooms To Go to implement revised criminal background check policies to comply with Title VII of the Civil …

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Amendment to San Francisco Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect October 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to a Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that restricts the ability of employers to ask about the criminal records of applicants and employees to align the FCO with California Assembly …

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Report Finds Criminal Records Can Create Obstacles for Ex-Offenders in California

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly eight in ten Californians with a criminal conviction have experienced barriers to success after serving time and an estimated 8 million Californians – or 1 in 5 people in the state – are subject to over 4,800 restrictions imposed on ex-offenders, according to a report entitled “Repairing …

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Background Check Expert Answers Frequently Asked Question by Ex-Offenders Looking for Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has written an article called “Frequently Asked Question by Job Applicants: Should I Let a Potential Employer Know Upfront if I have a Criminal Record?” to help ex-offenders …

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Report Finds More than One Out of Four Formerly Incarcerated Ex-Offenders are Unemployed

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Prison Policy Initiative has released a report entitled “Out of Prison & Out of Work” that calculates the unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated ex-offenders to be 27 percent, meaning that more than one out of four people who served time in prison and were released are …

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North Carolina Expands Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders While Reducing Risks for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill (HB) 774 which broadens the situations in which individuals convicted of a crime may petition for a “Certificate of Relief” and helps reduce the risks employers may face when hiring ex-offenders. HB 774 takes effect …

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Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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