New California Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking about Juvenile Criminal Records Takes Effect January 1

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new law – Assembly Bill (A.B.) No. 1843 – will take effect January 1, 2017, and amend Section 432.7 of the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain …

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HOPE for Prisoners Program Shows Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A member of a registered nonprofit organization called HOPE for Prisoners that helps ex-offenders “transition out of prison to reenter society successfully” says that workers with past criminal records “work harder than other employees” and “truly value their jobs,” according to the article “Should You Hire An …

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Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.”

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Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Jackson County, Missouri has joined the fast spreading Ban the Box movement and will no longer require job candidates applying for employment with the county to check a box on application forms if they have a criminal record, according to a report from the Kansas City Star.

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North Las Vegas Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn North Las Vegas has become the first municipality in Nevada to adopt a “Ban the Box” policy that will remove the box on city job applications that applicants must check if they have criminal records to allow ex-offenders a fair chance to advance in the hiring process, …

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California to Prohibit Employers from Considering Juvenile Records for Employment Purposes

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation taking effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1843 – that will amend the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain …

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NAPBS Submits Comments to Los Angeles Mayor and City Council Regarding Ban the Box Legislation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has submitted comments to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council regarding proposed “ban the box” legislation noting that rule amendments would pose “severe compliance challenges” for employers in the city, especially Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) …

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SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students …

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Sacramento CA May Ban the Box on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Sacramento, California is considering a law that may “Ban the Box” and prohibit private companies from receiving city contracts if they ask their workers whether or not they have a criminal conviction on job applications, according to a report from KCRA 3 News in …

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White House Announces New Round of Employers Taking Ban the Box Pledge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 16, 2016, the White House announced a new round of signers of the Obama administration’s Fair Chance Business Pledge that includes Walmart – the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees – to bring the total number of companies and organizations pledging …

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