Tag Archives: New York

SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

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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 wishing to attend any of the SUNY schools in New York, according to a memorandum to Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The effective date of the SUNY Ban the Box policy will be July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Tompkins County NY Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In July of 2016, legislators in Tompkins County, New York unanimously voted to Ban the Box and remove the criminal conviction question from job applications and leave such inquiries for later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer is made by employers, according to a story in the Ithaca Journal. Continue reading

Company to Pay $3.1 Million for Illegally Offshoring Personal Data and Risking Privacy of Millions of Americans

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York-based company awarded a contract by the state to digitize files holding fingerprint records and personal information collected from 22 million people has agreed to pay $3.1 million in penalties and fees for unlawfully outsourcing and “offshoring” the work overseas to India and risking the privacy of millions of people, according to a report from The New York Times. Continue reading

Two Major National Retailers Fined for Ban the Box Violations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements totaling $195,000 with two major national retailers – Big Lots Stores and Marshalls – over violations of a Ban the Box law that prohibits employers from enquiring about the criminal history of job applicants on initial employment applications at their Buffalo stores, according to a press release on the Attorney General’s website. Continue reading

New York City Fair Chance Act Notice Published by NYC Commission on Human Rights

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To help city employers comply with the FCA, the NYC Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) published a “Fair Chance Act Notice” that employers can use to perform an analysis of applicants under Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law. Continue reading

New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Private employers in New York City should prepare to Ban the Box on job applications when the Fair Chance Act (FCA) takes effect on October 27, 2015 to promote the hiring of individuals with prior criminal records and prohibit discrimination based on the arrest records or criminal convictions of job applicants. Continue reading

New York City Businesses Must Comply with New Law Banning Credit Checks by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With New York City passing the nation’s strongest ban on employment credit checks that took effect on September 3, 2015, businesses in the Big Apple need all the help they can get to comply with this new law that strictly prohibits most employers from using credit history to decide whether to hire, fire, or promote an individual. Continue reading

New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer is made, according to an Associated Press (AP) report on myfoxny.com. AP also reports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signaled support and is expected to sign the Ban the Box bill into law (Update: Mayor de Blasio Signs “Fair Chance Act”). Continue reading

New York City to Bar Employers from Viewing Credit Reports of Job Seekers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The New York City Council is expected to pass a bill – “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” (Int. No. 261-A) – that will bar employers from viewing the credit reports of job seekers and also prohibit them from asking about credit scores in job interviews, according to an exclusive report from the New York Daily News. (UPDATE: The New York City Council passed a bill that makes it illegal to request or use a job applicant’s credit history in making a hiring decision and bars most employers from checking a job candidate’s credit record. Read the full story.) Continue reading

Ban the Box Takes Effect in Syracuse NY on March 22

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A “Ban the Box” policy that eliminates the box on initial job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have criminal records will take effect in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, March 22, 2015, according to a report from The Daily Orange website. Continue reading