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 …Continue reading "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 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 …Continue reading "Massachusetts Attorney General’s Investigation Finds Employers in Violation of State Ban the Box Law"
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 …Continue reading "New Bern NC Enacts Ban the Box Resolution to Support Fair Hiring Practices"
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 …Continue reading "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 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.Continue reading "California Introduces Legislation to Automate Arrest and Conviction Relief for Eligible 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.Continue reading "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 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.Continue reading "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 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) asserts that the many ex-offenders with criminal records they have hired “fresh out of prison” – some to work as Human Resources (HR) officials who assist in screening job applicants – all have been “properly vetted,” according to a report …Continue reading "VA Hiring of Ex-Offenders Shows “Catch 22” Situation Employers Face with Use of Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 27, 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries – announced the launch of the SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work national initiative that champions the hiring of ex-offenders with criminal records, …Continue reading "SHRM “Getting Talent Back to Work” Initiative Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Jobs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report based on research conducted by FWD.us and Cornell University on how incarceration affects American families revealed that nearly half of all adults living in the United States – 45 percent or approximately 113 million people – have had an immediate family member either formerly or …Continue reading "Report Finds Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Had Family Member Incarcerated in Jail or Prison"