Tag Archives: ex-offenders

Report Finds Exonerations in US Reached Record High in 2015

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A report released by the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 2015 was record year for exonerations in the United States with 149 in 29 states, the District of Columbia, federal courts, and Guam. The 149 exonerations broke the previous record of 139 set in 2014. The 149 defendants who were exonerated in 2015 served on average approximately 14-and-a-half years in prison. Continue reading

Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

New Jersey Issues Ban the Box Regulations and Guidance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) published its final regulations and guidance for Ban the Box legislation passed in the “Garden State” called The Opportunity to Compete Act (OTCA) which took effect immediately. The final regulations – and the NJDOL comments to those regulations – clarify some issues regarding the OTCA. Continue reading

Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could also inadvertently do more harm than good. This is the number 7 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Should Increase in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The shrinking workforce in the United States, decriminalization of nonviolent crimes, protections against liability for employers willing to hire applicants with criminal records, and the rapidly spreading “Ban the Box” movement will all combine to create more job opportunities for reformed ex-offenders in 2016. This is the number 9 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Releases Whitepaper to Help Ex-Offenders Get Back Into Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global screening firm, has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce.” The goal of this whitepaper is to provide helpful insights and suggestions to assist job applicants with criminal records who are seeking to rebuild their lives and re-enter society through gainful employment. This complimentary whitepaper is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Whitepapers/Ten-Steps-for-Ex-Offenders-to-Get-Back-in-Workforce/. Continue reading

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Posts Article by Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen on Helping Ex-Offenders Find Work

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Job seekers with criminal records face many challenges when re-entering the workforce. To help these reformed ex-offenders find employment, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a California nonprofit corporation helping individuals protect their privacy, has posted an article titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back Into the Workforce” by safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of San Francisco, CA-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading

Nashville TN Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Metro Civil Service Commission of Nashville, Tennessee has voted unanimously to join the Ban the Box movement and remove the check box on job applications for employment with the consolidated city and county that asks if applicants were ever convicted of a crime in the past, according to report on the WKRN-TV News 2 website. Continue reading

President Obama to Announce Executive Order to Ban the Box for Federal Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

United States President Barack Obama will announce an Executive Order to Ban the Box and remove the question about the criminal history of applicants from the job applications for hiring by federal employers, according to “FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration for the Formerly Incarcerated” on the WhiteHouse.gov website. Continue reading

New York City Fair Chance Act Notice Published by NYC Commission on Human Rights

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To help city employers comply with the FCA, the NYC Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) published a “Fair Chance Act Notice” that employers can use to perform an analysis of applicants under Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law. Continue reading