Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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Ban the Box Law Takes Effect in the State of Washington on June 7

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 7, 2018, the Washington Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) will take effect and extend “Ban the Box” protections to job applicants with criminal records who are seeking employment with both public and private employers in the state by adding a new chapter to Title 49 …

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Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …

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Massachusetts Amends Ban the Box Law Limiting Employer Inquiries into Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed two laws – An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform – and also filed a third separate bill, An Act Building on Criminal Justice Reform, …

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DOJ Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories Shows Records Not Always Accurate and Complete

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – which is responsible for enforcement of law and administration of justice in the United States – has released its latest Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems that “includes some disturbing facts on the currency and accuracy of records,” according to …

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Forsyth County in North Carolina Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance Employment Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina voted unanimously to join the “Ban the Box” movement by removing the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from county job applications effective immediately, according to a report by the Winston-Salem …

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Program Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Employment to Avoid Returning to Prison

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An Illinois man with a criminal record who realized ex-offenders face challenges to avoid going back to prison in a state where the rate of recidivism – the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend – is 43 percent started a program to help former inmates released to …

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Employment Screening Resources Creates Interactive Ban the Box Map Showing Patchwork of Laws in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has created an interactive Ban the Box Map to help employers better understand the current patchwork of Ban the Box laws in states, counties, and cities in America. The page is at www.esrcheck.com/Legislative-Compliance/Ban-the-Box/. “Ban the Box” …

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State of Washington Enacts Ban the Box Law to Restrict Employers from Asking About Criminal History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 13, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) to extend “Ban the Box” legislation protections to applicants seeking jobs with both public and private employers in the state, according to a news release from the National Employment Law …

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Employers Looking for Workers Find Inmates and Ex-Offenders Can Make Good Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the unemployment rate in the United States at 4.1 percent, businesses that complain they cannot find workers are turning to an untapped and underutilized source of labor – inmates and ex-offenders consisting of the approximately 20 million Americans who have been convicted of a felony.

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