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 "Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers"
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 …Continue reading "Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms"
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 "Missouri to Ban the Box by Removing Criminal History Questions from State Job Applications"
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 "Georgia Law Taking Effect July 1 Offers FCRA Protections"
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 …Continue reading "Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions"
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 …Continue reading "California Background Check Laws Unique"
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 …Continue reading "New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1"
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 …Continue reading "Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box"
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 …Continue reading "Michigan Law Protects Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders with Certificate of Employability"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several new employment laws taking effect on New Year’s Day 2015 across the United States will affect employers in the coming year. A quick listing and brief description of just some of these new employment laws and practices involving employers taking effect on January 1, 2015 are …Continue reading "New Employment Laws Take Effect New Year's Day 2015"