Tag Archives: Job Applicants

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

June Employment Situation Report Shows U.S. Economy Gained 222,000 Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 222,000 jobs in June 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.4 percent, according to The Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

May Jobs Report Shows 138,000 Jobs Added and Unemployment at Lowest Level Since 2001

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 138,000 jobs in May 2017 while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent – its lowest level since 2001 – according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report. Continue reading

California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer. In addition, when conducting a criminal background check, the bill prohibits employers from considering, distributing, or disseminating specified information related to prior convictions. Continue reading

January 2017 Jobs Report Shows U.S. Economy Added 227,000 Jobs in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 227,000 jobs in January 2017 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

December Employment Situation Shows 156,000 Jobs Added to Economy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The United States economy added 156,000 jobs in December of 2016 while the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading