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

  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.

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Georgia Law Taking Effect July 1 Offers FCRA Protections

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.

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Nevada Removes Seven Year Reporting Restriction for Convictions

  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 …

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California Background Check Laws Unique

  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 …

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New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

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 …

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Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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 …

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

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 …

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New Employment Laws Take Effect New Year's Day 2015

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 …

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Employment Laws Will Become More Fragmented as Cities and States Pass Hiring Laws in 2015

  Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Employment laws in the United States will become more fragmented as cities and states continue to pass their own laws on hiring in 2015. These new laws will cover a wide variety of areas within the employment screening process including “Ban …

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Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and …

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