EEOC Reaches Agreement with Pier 1 Imports to Resolve Background Check Race Discrimination Charge

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it had reached an agreement with international home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports through its conciliation process to resolve a background check race discrimination charge …

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Columbia SC Passes Ban the Box Law and Prohibits Salary History Questions on Initial Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, Columbia, South Carolina City Council unanimously passed a law that will “Ban the Box” asking about criminal history and prohibit salary history questions on initial job applications, and will encourage vendors doing business with the City to do the same, according to a …

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Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants About Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 31, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation – House Bill 834 – that will prohibit employers from asking applicants about salary history to ensure equal pay for equal work while standing steps away from the headquarters of the U.S. Soccer Federation which continues to …

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Employers May Consider Ex-Offenders and People Recovering from Substance Use Disorders in Hiring Crunch

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With “an estimated 23.5 million adults in recovery from substance use disorder and 5 million people who were formerly incarcerated” – along with a historically low unemployment rate causing a hiring crunch in a tight job market – employers that need workers may consider these two previously …

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Pennsylvania Clean Slate Starts Sealing 30 Million Criminal Records on One-Year Anniversary of Signing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced at a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him signing House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill into law that the automatic sealing of criminal records would begin that day, according to a press release on …

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Fair Chance Act to Ban the Box for Federal Government Passes House of Representatives

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 12, 2019, a bill authored by United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) called the Fair Chance Act that would “Ban the Box” and give formerly incarcerated individuals a better chance at finding employment was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives …

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Madison Square Garden to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Madison Square Garden has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the arena “imposed too strict of requirements for criminal disclosures that had a disparate impact on minority applicants,” according to a report from the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. Consumer …

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Background Screening Expert Explains Why Employers Should Consider Workers with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Should employers consider workers with a criminal record? Dawn Standerwick, Vice President of Strategic Growth at Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background screening firm headquartered in California, helps employers answer that question in an article she wrote for the publication “2019 In Search of Excellence in …

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Richland County SC Approves Ban the Box Rule to Drop Criminal History Question from Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 4, 2019, Richland County in South Carolina approved a “Ban the Box” rule to “drop the question about criminal convictions from job applications” and “will no longer ask future job applicants if they have a criminal history, joining a national movement meant to give those …

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Report Finds District of Columbia Employers Paid Nearly $500,000 Under Ban the Box Law Since 2014

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In May 2019, the District of Columbia (D.C.) Office of Human Rights (OHR) released a report on its “Ban the Box” law that was enacted in 2014 entitled “The District of Columbia Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014: The Work and Enforcement by the DC …

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