New Jersey Passes Laws to Modernize State Expungement System to Help Minor Criminal Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation – Senate Bills 3306, 3307, and 3308 – that will change and modernize the state’s expungement system and help minor criminal offenders reclaim their lives, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor.

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North Carolina Law Reducing Wait Time for Criminal Record Expungement Took Effect December 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 1, 2017, North Carolina Senate Bill 445 (SB 445) took effect to reduce the wait time for criminal record expungement for first-time non-violent offenders where the legal record of an individual’s arrest or criminal conviction is sealed and essentially erased in the eyes of the law.

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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.

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New Jersey Governor Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Three New Expungement Reform Bills  

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced a bipartisan agreement on three new expungement reform bills that will prohibit employment discrimination based upon expunged criminal records, increase the number of convictions that can be expunged while accelerating expungements, and reduce the waiting period to expunge an entire juvenile …

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Re-Entry and Second Chance Programs for Ex-Offenders Will Increase in Importance for Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study on the criminal background of workers and job performance released in October of 2016 by Northwestern University found that ex-offenders who had criminal records were no worse as employees in the workplace than non-offenders. The fact that re-entry programs and second chance programs  will …

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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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Lawsuit Claims LA Unified School District Rejected Job Seekers with Expunged Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) by members of a civil rights group claims job seekers with expunged misdemeanor records were illegally rejected for positions within the LAUSD, according to a story on the Courthouse News Service (CNS) website.

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Chattanooga Police Dealing with Backlog of 23,000 Expunged Criminal Records that Could Affect Background Checks and Hiring

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Chattanooga, Tennessee Police Department is working to process a backlog of at least 23,000 orders for expunged criminal files, where a legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is sealed and erased in the eyes of the law, which could affect the hiring …

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Expunged Criminal Records Appearing in Background Checks Unnecessarily

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Expunged criminal records of job and housing applicants removed from government databases are still appearing in some background checks performed by private screening companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. However, a background check expert says these expunged records should not appear if the …

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Background Check Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claimed a background check firm violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when providing information for background check reports, according to a report from TopClassActions.com. As a result, subjects of these background check reports may be …

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