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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

California Background Check Laws Unique

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California has background check laws unique from the rest of the country, according to one safe hiring expert from the Golden State. These “only in California” rules make legally complaint background checks crucial for employers in the state, where stakes are so high that failure to dot an “i” or cross a “t” during the screening process can result in being sued for $10,000 per occurrence. Continue reading

New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective March 1, 2015, Ban the Box legislation in New Jersey – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – will establish certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process. The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/02.23.15.03.pdf. Continue reading

Michigan Law Protects Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders with Certificate of Employability

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective January 1, 2015, new Michigan laws – Public Acts 359, 360, and 361 – offer protection for employers in the state that hire ex-offenders by issuing a “certificate of employability” to certain prisoners before their release. Under the new Michigan law, these certificates may be used as evidence to show duty of care by employers when hiring or retaining ex-offenders. A summary of these Public Acts – Michigan House Bills 5216, 5217, and 5218 that have become law – is available here. Continue reading