Arizona Law Helps Ex-Offenders Obtain Employment and Occupational Licenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 1, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2067 (HB 2067) into law to amend the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) and give ex-offenders a chance to set aside prior convictions and seek a “Certificate of Second Chance” for employment opportunities and occupational licenses. The …

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Report Examines Benefits of Training and Employment for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The employability of ex-offenders returning to society “is a moral imperative and should be a central focal point of the criminal justice reform agenda,” according to a report titled “A better path forward for criminal justice: Training and employment for correctional populations” by the Brookings-AEI Working Group …

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Survey Finds Most Americans Want to Give Ex-Offenders a Second Chance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Seven in ten Americans agree that employers should eliminate or reduce blanket-bans that automatically reject job seekers who are ex-offenders with minor and non-violent criminal offenses on their record, according to a national survey conducted by Kelly Services (Kelly) as part of National Second Chance Month in …

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April 2021 Jobs Report Shows 266,000 Jobs Added in COVID-19 Recovery

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Total nonfarm employment in the United States rose by 266,000 jobs and the unemployment rate edged up to 6.1 percent in April 2021 as the labor market continued to reflect the ongoing recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the monthly jobs report from the U.S. …

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Court Rules Employer Violated Stand-Alone Disclosure Requirement of FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 31, 2021, a California District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit Arnold, et al. v. DMG Mori USA, Inc. that claimed an employer violated the “stand-alone” disclosure requirement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which requires employers procuring …

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EEOC to Host Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 3, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced that registration was open for its 24th Annual Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) Training Conference that will be held virtually from June 15 to 17, …

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BYU LawX Launches Goodbye Record to Address Flawed Expungement Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 29, 2021, Brigham Young University (BYU) Law, a global law school focused on leadership and innovation in the legal field, announced the development of an online resource called Goodbye Record to assist individuals, legislators, and corporate partners in addressing flaws in the expungement process, and …

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Company to Pay $20 Million to Settle FTC FCRA Case Involving Credit Reports

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A Utah-based smart home security and monitoring company has agreed to pay $20 million to settle charges filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that claimed the firm allegedly violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by improperly obtaining credit reports in order to qualify potential customers …

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iCIMS Ranked Top Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Software Vendor in Report

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Leading talent cloud company iCIMS was ranked the top Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software vendor with 14 percent of the worldwide market share and nearly 30 percent of Fortune 100 firms in the report “Top 10 Applicant Tracking Systems Software Vendors and Market Forecast 2019-2024” from Apps …

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Deadline to Complete PBSA Background Screening Survey is May 5, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a non-profit trade group representing background screening firms worldwide – is reminding employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals that the deadline to complete its “5th Annual Background Screening Industry Survey” regarding their use of background screening services is Wednesday, May …

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