Employers May Consider Ex-Offenders and People Recovering from Substance Use Disorders in Hiring Crunch

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With “an estimated 23.5 million adults in recovery from substance use disorder and 5 million people who were formerly incarcerated” – along with a historically low unemployment rate causing a hiring crunch in a tight job market – employers that need workers may consider these two previously …

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Pennsylvania Clean Slate Starts Sealing 30 Million Criminal Records on One-Year Anniversary of Signing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced at a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him signing House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill into law that the automatic sealing of criminal records would begin that day, according to a press release on …

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Background Screening Expert Explains Why Employers Should Consider Workers with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Should employers consider workers with a criminal record? Dawn Standerwick, Vice President of Strategic Growth at Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background screening firm headquartered in California, helps employers answer that question in an article she wrote for the publication “2019 In Search of Excellence in …

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Report Finds District of Columbia Employers Paid Nearly $500,000 Under Ban the Box Law Since 2014

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In May 2019, the District of Columbia (D.C.) Office of Human Rights (OHR) released a report on its “Ban the Box” law that was enacted in 2014 entitled “The District of Columbia Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014: The Work and Enforcement by the DC …

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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Investigation Finds Employers in Violation of State Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2019, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey announced that agreements were reached with two Massachusetts employers and warning letters were sent to 17 other businesses found to be in violation of a state “Ban the Box” law that bars employers from asking about criminal …

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New Bern NC Enacts Ban the Box Resolution to Support Fair Hiring Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2019, the City of New Bern, North Carolina officially enacted a resolution to “Ban the Box” and remove the checkbox on city job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record in order to support fair hiring practices that will take …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases Guide to California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Ban the Box Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – has released a complimentary white paper entitled “A Guide to Following California, Los Angeles & San Francisco Fair Chance Hiring and Ban the Box Laws” to help employers …

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California Introduces Legislation to Automate Arrest and Conviction Relief for Eligible Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 7, 2019, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced California Assembly Bill 1076 (AB 1076) to efficiently automate the arrest and conviction relief for eligible ex-offenders, according to a press release on Assemblymember Ting’s website.

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Ban the Box Research Finds Job Applications Without Criminal History Question Help with Hiring of Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study of “Ban the Box” laws found removing the criminal history question from job applications helps to increase the hiring of ex-offenders with conviction records and to ease their re-entry into the workforce after being released from prison, according to research from Case Western Reserve University.

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New Orleans Ban the Box Ordinance Designed to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Takes Effect on March 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 1, 2019, a “Ban the Box” ordinance takes effect in New Orleans, Louisiana and will prohibit the City and City contractors from asking about the criminal history of potential employees on initial job applications, according to a press release from the New Orleans City Council.

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