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Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants about Salary History before Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan pay equity bill – S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity – to prevent wage discrimination on the basis of gender.  The new law also prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer. S.2119 will take effect on July 1, 2018 for employers and employees in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law will take effect August 1, 2016. Continue reading

Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on initial job applications. The Ban the Box law in Connecticut – part of a growing trend sweeping the nation – shall take effect on January 1, 2017. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Ban the Box Legislation for State Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Louisiana State Legislature has passed “Ban the Box” legislation – House Bill No. 266 (HB 266) – that will prohibit state employers from inquiring about the criminal history of a prospective employee on an initial application form until after the prospective employee is given an opportunity to interview for the position or until after the prospective employee is given a conditional offer of employment. Continue reading

Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill – H.261 – that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont, according to a press release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, according to a press release on the Office of the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed Ban the Box legislation – Executive Order 16-04 – to direct state agencies to lessen unnecessary barriers to jobs by removing questions relating to criminal history from initial state employment applications, according to a report on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Georgia Law Taking Effect July 1 Offers FCRA Protections

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective July 1, 2015, a new law in Georgia – House Bill 328 (HB 328) – will enact similar protections offered to consumers under Section 613 of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The text of Georgia HB 328 is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/GeorgiaHB328.pdf. Continue reading

Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 409 (S.B. 409) which “removes the prohibition against disclosing a record of conviction of a crime which is more than 7 years old, meaning that there is no limitation of time for which such a record may be disclosed.” The text of Nevada SB 409 – which revises the law for preparing background check reports by Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/Nevada-SB409-Enrolled.pdf. Continue reading