Report Reveals Iowa Department of Public Safety Issued 5,817 Licenses without Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 22, 2019, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand released a report on a special investigation of the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) for the period July 1, 2016, through August 15, 2018, that revealed 5,817 licenses were issued during that time without nationwide background checks. …

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Linn County in Iowa Adopts Ban the Box Resolution for Inclusive Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2018, the Linn County Board of Supervisors adopted a “Ban the Box” resolution for inclusive hiring practices for County positions to demonstrate a “commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with a prior criminal conviction,” according to a Civic Alert on County’s …

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NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing …

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University of Iowa Adds Background Checks for Students

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The University of Iowa will join the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University and include a questionnaire for criminal background checks on all student applications as soon as the 2016 school year, according to a KIMT News 3 report.

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