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 …Continue reading "Program Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Employment to Avoid Returning to Prison"
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” …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Creates Interactive Ban the Box Map Showing Patchwork of Laws in United States"
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 …Continue reading "State of Washington Enacts Ban the Box Law to Restrict Employers from Asking About Criminal History"
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.Continue reading "Employers Looking for Workers Find Inmates and Ex-Offenders Can Make Good Employees"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the demand for workers rising in the United States – the December 2017 jobs report revealed the unemployment rate to be 4.1 percent – companies in America are being forced “to consider workers they once would have turned away” and to provide “opportunities to people who have …Continue reading "Rising Demand for Workers in U.S. Leads to More Job Opportunities for Applicants with Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …Continue reading "Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 1, 2017, North Carolina Senate Bill 445 (SB 445) took effect to reduce the wait time for criminal record expungement for first-time non-violent offenders where the legal record of an individual’s arrest or criminal conviction is sealed and essentially erased in the eyes of the law.Continue reading "North Carolina Law Reducing Wait Time for Criminal Record Expungement Took Effect December 1"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm located in the San Francisco area – has created a California Ban the Box Law Infographic to help employers understand Assembly Bill 1008, a law prohibiting private employers from asking about the criminal history of applicants before …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Creates Infographic for California Ban the Box Law"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 6, 2017, Arizona governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2017-07 to adopt new “Ban the Box” hiring procedures to provide a second chance and increased job opportunities to Arizonans who have served their time and been released, according to a news release on the Governor’s website.Continue reading "Arizona Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Delay Criminal Record Questions to Applicants for State Agency Jobs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.Continue reading "Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants"