Ban the Box Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in Three States on July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 1, 2017, several “Ban the Box” laws – so called because they remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history and delay such questions until later in the hiring process – are scheduled to take effect …

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Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website.

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Winter Storm Stella Closes Courts in Northeast Due to Blizzard Warnings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Winter Storm Stella, which The Weather Channel reports is “hammering the Northeast with heavy snow, intensifying winds, even some accumulating ice,” and led to blizzard warnings in parts of nine states from Pennsylvania to Maine, has also caused many court closures in the areas affected by the …

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Philadelphia Wage Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed Bill No. 160840, a Wage Equity Law that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. A copy of the law – which is slated to take effect May 23, 2017 – is at …

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New Philadelphia Law Prohibits Employers from Using Credit Information of Employees and Job Applicants

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Philadelphia (PA) Ordinance No. 160072 that took effect on July 7, 2016, amends Chapter 9-1100 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Practices Ordinance: Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination,” by adding a section that prohibits employers from obtaining or using credit information regarding employees and job applicants …

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten …

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Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, …

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Philadelphia Updates Ban the Box Ordinance to Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Protections for Ex-Offenders

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed an update to the Ban the Box legislation known as the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance and an Executive Order on background checks for City employment to help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the “City …

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New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/PennsylvaniaHouseBill1276.pdf.

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Court Rules in Favor of Employer Withdrawing Job Offer after Applicant Lied

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of an employer who withdrew a job offer after finding discrepancies between the criminal history found on a background check of a job applicant and criminal history information reported to the employer by that applicant. The summary …

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