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Ban the Box Act Signed by New Jersey Governor

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed Ban the Box legislation – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – that establishes 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

Rhode Island Enacts Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts – 2014-S 2095Aaa and 2014-H 7124Aaa – to prevent potential employers or school admissions officers from asking applicants to provide login information or to sign into their social media accounts so an interviewer can view their online activities. A press release about the Rhode Island Social Media Privacy Acts is available on the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website: “Rhode Island enacts social media privacy laws” Continue reading

San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect August 13

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance – also known as the Ban the Box Ordinance – will take effect Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This Ordinance will require employers with San Francisco City or County offices and worksites who have 20 or more employees to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using criminal record history of job applicants and employees. Continue reading

Background Checks Not Required at Carnivals and Fairs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Oregon and Washington – along with the federal government – do not require carnivals and fairs to run criminal background checks on employees who work around children and sometimes even handle them, according to a report by the KATU Channel 2 On Your Side Investigators in Portland, Oregon. Continue reading

Indiana Changes Criminal Background Checks for Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Indiana Background ChecksEffective July 1, 2014, an amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 changes what information “criminal history providers” such as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) that assemble criminal history reports for employment background checks may report to employers. The amended version of Indiana Code § 24-4-18-6 is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title24/ar4/ch18.html. Continue reading

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2014/NELP-California-AB-218-Ban-the-Box-Implementation-Survey-Memo.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Two New Tennessee Employment Laws Take Effect July 1

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Tennessee LawsTennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed two new employment laws that take effect July 1, 2014. One, The Tennessee Negligent and Retention Law, is designed to provide protection to employers that hire and retain employees with convictions while helping ex-offenders gain employment. The other, Senate Bill 2126 (SB 2126), limits liability and the damages available under the state’s statutory employment discrimination laws. Continue reading

Tennessee Passes Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyTennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a password protection law – the “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014” (S.B. 1808) – which will prevent employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring employees and job applicants to disclose usernames and passwords for their personal internet accounts except under certain circumstances. The full text of this new law, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is available at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1808.pdf. Continue reading

Louisiana Passes Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Blogs about PrivacyLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed House Bill 340 (HB 340), the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law to prohibit employers in the state from requesting or requiring access to the personal online accounts of job applicants or employees effective immediately. The full text of HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act is available at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=908152&n=HB340 Act. Continue reading

Illinois May Ban the Box for Private Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Illinois Ban the BoxA Senate Committee of the Illinois General Assembly has voted to approve legislation – House Bill 5701, The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act – to restrict private employers with more than 15 employees from asking job applicants about criminal records until later in the hiring process. A copy of HB5701 is at http://ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/PDF/09800HB5701lv.pdf. (Updated July 21, 2014: Illinois Governor Signs Ban the Box Legislation) Continue reading