Tag Archives: ex-offenders

California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation that included Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which is supposed to improve the state’s juvenile justice systems by authorizing courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses. Continue reading

California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law new “Ban the Box” legislation – Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) –  to prohibit private employers in the state with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a conditional offer of employment, and sets requirements for consideration of conviction histories in employment decisions. Continue reading

Job Search Site Will Not Post Jobs from Employers that Discriminate against People with Criminal Backgrounds

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 4, 2017, job search website Glassdoor announced that it has “doubled down on its commitment to giving those with a criminal record a fair chance” by updating its Terms of Use to prevent employers from posting jobs that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the use of criminal records of applicants by employers in employment decisions. Continue reading

Former Partner at Wolf of Wall Street Firm Now CEO of Job Board Helping Ex-Offenders Find Work

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A former partner at the notorious brokerage house Stratton Oakmont that was profiled – some might even say glorified – in the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street” who ended up serving 22 months of jail time for securities fraud is now the founder and CEO of a for-profit job placement company called 70MillionJobs.com that connects ex-offenders like him with criminal records to job opportunities. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit First to Challenge Alleged Employer Violations of New York City Ban the Box Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on August 4, 2017, could be the first of its kind to challenge alleged violations by employers of a New York City “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Act (FCA), according to a press release from employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP, which filed the suit along with the nonprofit organization Youth Represent. Continue reading

Fair Chance Act Rules from New York City Commission on Human Rights Take Effect August 5

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) – which enforces New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) – has amended rules to establish definitions and procedures applying to the Fair Chance Act (FCA) that took effect in October of 2015 to amend the NYCHRL provisions regarding unlawful discrimination on the basis of criminal history against job applicants and employees, and applicants for licenses, registrations, and permits. The rules take effect August 5, 2017. Continue reading

University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website. Continue reading

California Employers Must Comply with Regulations for Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California employers should be aware of the “California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations” that restrict the use of criminal records by employers in hiring and other employment decisions that took effect on July 1, 2017, according to an article posted on the Society for the Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

Study Finds Ban the Box Policies Increase Odds of Public Sector Employment for Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study released in January of 2017 entitled “Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment” has found that Ban the Box policies that remove criminal history questions from applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process increased the odds of public sector employment for those job applicants with criminal records by close to 40 percent. This study may be downloaded here. Continue reading

Ban the Box Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in Three States on July 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 1, 2017, several “Ban the Box” laws – so called because they remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history and delay such questions until later in the hiring process – are scheduled to take effect in three states: Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Continue reading