Tag Archives: State laws

New Georgia Law Helps Ex-Offenders Find Jobs and Protects Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogGeorgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 365 (SB 365) to help rehabilitated offenders successfully re-enter society by removing barriers to employment and making it easier for employers to hire ex-offenders, reduce recidivism and create jobs. The text of SB 365, which also offers protection for employers hiring ex-offenders, is at http://gov.georgia.gov/documents/sb-365. Continue reading

New York State AG Secures Agreements with Background Check Firms

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogNew York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his office has secured agreements with four large background check firms that will prohibit them “from automatically disqualifying applicants with criminal convictions and require the agencies to defer hiring decisions to employers who must conduct an individualized consideration of candidates in accordance with New York State law.” A press release about the agreements is available at http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-announces-agreements-background-check-agencies-end-illegal-hiring. (Español) Continue reading

Employers Need Caution with Background Check Laws

Written By Thomas Ahearn

home-applicant-generated-report-systemTo help employers understand background check laws and regulations, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live 60 minute audio conference for AudioSolutionz titled ‘Extreme Caution Advised: Dealing with Federal and State Laws Regulating Pre-Employment Screening and Safe Hiring’ on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00 A.M Pacific. For more information, visit http://www.audiosolutionz.com/hr-compliance-employment/safe-hiring.html. Continue reading

New California Law Significantly Impacts Use of Past Criminal Records by Employers during Employment Background Screening

A new law in California that took effect January 1, 2014 – Senate Bill No. 530 (SB 530) – provides significant new protection to ex-offenders who committed crimes, including felonies, when it comes to job hunting and what employers can legally discover or use.  The new law prohibits an employer from asking about, seeking, or utilizing criminal convictions that have been judicially set aside.  Employers violating the new prohibitions can face civil penalties and even misdemeanor criminal charges if done intentionally. It also allows a convicted person to get a case expunged sooner. The full text of California SB 530 is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0501-0550/sb_530_bill_20131010_chaptered.htm. Continue reading

Michigan Ban the Box Bill would Prevent Employers from Asking about Felony Convictions on Job Applications

Legislation under consideration in Michigan – HOUSE BILL No. 4366 – would “Ban the Box” on job applications that employers use to ask applicants about felony convictions with certain exceptions, according to a report on MLive.com. The complete text of HOUSE BILL No. 4366 is available at http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/htm/2013-HIB-4366.htm. Continue reading

Target to Ban the Box Asking Job Seekers about Criminal History on Applications Starting January 1

Target Corp. will ‘Ban the Box’ asking job seekers about their criminal history on employment applications starting next year to comply with a new Minnesota law that takes effect January 1, 2014, according to a story from the StarTribune available at http://www.startribune.com/business/229310141.html. Continue reading

Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Documents/2013/adminorder-2013-1.pdf. Continue reading

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs

In order to reduce unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians with arrest or conviction records, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit requesting criminal record information on initial employment applications for local and state government jobs. The text of AB 218 is at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB218/. Continue reading

Government Shutdown Making Employers in States with E-Verify Laws Nervous to Hire New Workers

Employers in states such as Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and North Carolina with mandatory E-Verify usage laws for most or all businesses are nervous about hiring new workers since the electronic employment eligibility verification system became unavailable due to the federal government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, according to a report from The Guardian available at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/everify-offline-shutdown-employers-hiring. Continue reading

Nevada Law Restricting Employer Access to Credit Reports and Social Media Accounts Takes Effect October 1

A new law in Nevada signed by Governor Brian Sandoval – Assembly Bill 181 (A.B. 181) – will restrict employer access to social media accounts and credit report information of both employees and job applicants beginning on October 1, 2013. The full text of Nevada Assembly Bill 181 is available at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/AB/AB181.pdf. Continue reading