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.Continue reading "California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 10, 2017, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations first proposed in 2016 that restrict the use of criminal records of job applicants and employees by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. The new regulations from the FEHC – the state agency …Continue reading "California FEHC Approves Regulations for Employers Using Criminal Records of Applicants and Employees"
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 …Continue reading "New California Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking about Juvenile Criminal Records Takes Effect January 1"
On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed ‘Ban the Box’ legislation – the Fair Chance Ordinance – that requires private employers in the city with 20 or more employees to limit the use of criminal background checks when hiring, according to a BloombergLaw.com report. The law takes effect 30 days after signing …Continue reading "San Francisco Enacts Ban the Box Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks by Private Employers"
A new law in California that took effect January 1, 2014 – Senate Bill No. 530 (SB 530) – provides significant new protection to ex-offenders who committed crimes, including felonies, when it comes to job hunting and what employers can legally discover or use. The new law prohibits an employer from asking about, seeking, or …Continue reading "New California Law Significantly Impacts Use of Past Criminal Records by Employers during Employment Background Screening"
To avoid a false sense of security about job applicants during employment screening, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to warn employers in the state that criminal background checks processed by his office under a new law will only include information about convictions and guilty pleas and will not include arrests and charges that did not …Continue reading "Ohio Attorney General to Warn Employers about Criminal Background Check Law"