Louisiana Law Affects Employers Conducting Background Checks on Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Louisiana has passed a law – Act No. 406 (HB 707) – that affects businesses conducting background checks on applicants before offering them a job by prohibiting employers from requesting or considering an arrest record or charge that did not result in a conviction …

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims Walmart Background Check Policy is Discriminatory

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Walmart Inc. is facing a proposed nationwide class action lawsuit that claims “the nation’s largest employer discriminates against Black and Latino job applicants through a strict background check policy that fails to consider rehabilitation and other mitigating circumstances,” according to a news report from Reuters. The complaint …

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New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA) Added Protections Take Effect July 29, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Effective July 29, 2021, the New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA) will add new protections for ex-offenders with criminal histories that include unsealed violations and unsealed non-criminal offenses while also expanding the protections already included in the FCA to cover current employees and to reach pending …

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Background Check Expert Explains Problems with Michigan DOB Redaction

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Michigan plans to omit personal information from future court records, but the background checking industry says the change will make accurate screening nearly impossible,” according to an article posted on MLive.com that interviewed several background check experts, including screening industry veteran Dawn Standerwick. “Background checkers can’t report …

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Judge Faults U.S. Air Force for Failing to Use FBI Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge has found the United States Air Force mostly responsible for a 2017 mass shooting that killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, because it failed to report the criminal history of the shooter to a background check system operated by the Federal …

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FBI Data Shows Background Checks Stopped 300,000 Illegal Gun Sales in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that more than 300,000 illegal firearm sales were blocked by background checks in 2020, the highest number of annual denials ever and almost double the nearly 169,000 denials reported by the FBI in 2019, according to a press release …

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Michigan Delays Date of Birth (DOB) Redaction in Criminal Records Until 2022

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2021, the Michigan Supreme Court issued orders to delay the implementation of ADM File No. 2017-28 and ADM File No. 2020-26 that would redact the Date of Birth (DOB) in the criminal records of job applicants during background checks. The implementation date has been …

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DOB Redaction in Michigan Court Records Makes Background Checks Difficult

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who are looking for work could be facing new challenges in their job hunt” as Michigan courts will redact Dates of Birth (DOBs) when releasing records which will make background checks more difficult, according to a news report from WNEM.com CBS Channel …

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New Jersey Fair Chance in Housing Act Helps Ex-Offenders Find a Place to Live

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 3, 2021, the New Jersey Senate and State Assembly passed the “Fair Chance in Housing Act” (Assembly Bill 1919) that will give ex-offenders leaving prison a better chance of finding a place to live despite their criminal records and sent the Act to New Jersey …

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NYC Considers Prohibiting Criminal Background Checks on Prospective Tenants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation being considered by the New York City Council called the Fair Chance for Housing Act (Int. No. 2047) would prohibit landlords and brokers from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants in an effort to remove a barrier to housing for ex-offenders who have criminal records …

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