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Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

Proposition 47 & California Background Check News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and property crimes” to have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors. To learn more about Proposition 47 – which became law the day after the election on November 5, 2014 – please visit http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/47/. Continue reading

Montgomery County MD Enacts Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council has unanimously enacted a Ban the Box law – amended Bill 36-14 – to delay the point at which employers in the County may inquire into the criminal history of applicants for County jobs until the conclusion of the first interview. A press release about the Ban the Box law is available on the Montgomery County website at http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Council/PressRelease/PR_detailsNew.asp?PrID=14203. Continue reading

City of St. Louis Decides to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective immediately, the City of St. Louis will Ban the Box on job applications for employment with the City so they will no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor Francis Slay available at http://themissouritimes.com/14275/press-release-city-st-louis-bans-box-job-applications/. Continue reading

Roanoke VA Will Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Roanoke, Virginia has agreed to Ban the Box and will implement a policy to remove the question about the criminal history of job applicants from initial applications for most job openings with the city “by January of next year,” according to a report from WDBJ7 available at http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/city-of-roanoke-agrees-to-ban-the-box/29039640. Continue reading

Study Links Ban the Box Laws to Public Safety

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ‘first of its kind’ study published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice has linked the Ban the Box legislation that removes the criminal history question from job applications to improved public safety. More information about the study ‘The Effect of Hawaii’s Ban the Box Law on Repeat Offending’ is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-014-9251-9. Continue reading

Ban the Box Becoming National Trend Says Safe Hiring Expert

 Ban the Box Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from initial job applications is becoming a national trend “that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” according to Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen’s comments are featured in an article originally published in Business News Daily and now available online at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6969-criminal-history-job-applications.html. Continue reading

Ban the Box Act Signed by New Jersey Governor

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed Ban the Box legislation – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – that establishes certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2014/NELP-California-AB-218-Ban-the-Box-Implementation-Survey-Memo.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Former UC Berkeley Administrator Allegedly Stole From School

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EducationA former research administrator at UC Berkeley who had a prior conviction for embezzlement allegedly stole “tens of thousands of dollars” from the university, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The full story is available at http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/UC-Berkeley-administrator-stole-thousands-5517119.php. Continue reading