Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a record high 39.7 million firearm background checks for gun purchases in 2020, according to statistics from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that checks for the criminal records of people who may be disqualified from receiving firearms. …Continue reading "FBI Conducted Record High 39.7 Million Firearm Background Checks in 2020"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed in federal court that claimed the background check process of New York Life Insurance Company that allegedly denied jobs due to past arrests not resulting in convictions was discriminatory and disproportionately harmed Black job applicants, ClassAction.org reported. …Continue reading "Lawsuit Claims Background Check Process Unfairly Harmed Black Job Applicants"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on June 25, 2020, the North Carolina Second Chance Act (Senate Bill 562) is a new law that took effect on December 1, 2020, and will expand who may qualify for expungements – the process by which a criminal record …Continue reading "North Carolina Second Chance Act Expands Who Qualifies for Expungements"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In November 2020, Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, and the city of Dayton filed a lawsuit that claimed a division of the state attorney general’s (AG) office failed to report criminal conviction information into state and federal background check databases that left them “dangerously deficient,” Courthouse News Service …Continue reading "Columbus and Dayton Sue Ohio AG for “Deficient” Background Check System"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 5, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court released its opinion on a lawsuit filed by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) in 2018 against a Clerk of the District Court in Benton County, Arkansas, that upheld a Circuit Court Judge’s decision requiring that clerk to release …Continue reading "Arkansas Supreme Court Rules in PBSA Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 21, 2020, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for the Western District of New York affirmed the dismissal by a district court’s judgment in a 2 to 1 decision of a class action lawsuit that claimed a company’s refusal to hire ex-offenders with criminal convictions …Continue reading "Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Ex-Offender Hiring Discrimination Lawsuit"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 21, 2020, the Colorado Office of the State Auditor (OSA) released a performance audit of the state’s Adult Protective Services (APS) Program at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) that found pre-employment background checks for servers of at-risk adults did not provide employers key …Continue reading "Audit Finds Gaps in Background Checks for Colorado Adult Protective Services"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An agreement has been reached in the case of The Fortune Society v. Macy’s brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Fair Chance Act (FCA) of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that sought to address criminal background checks by …Continue reading "Retailer Reaches Agreement in Lawsuit Involving Criminal Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 24, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a final rule revising and codifying Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act) to allow greater employment opportunities for ex-offenders with certain minor criminal records in the banking industry, according to an FDIC …Continue reading "FDIC Issues Rule on Section 19 of FDI Act to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 29, 2020, the National Football League (NFL) announced the cancellation of a meeting between the winner of a COVID-19 charity auction and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to experience a “Monday Night Football” game at Goodell’s home due to a failed background check, the Sports Business …Continue reading "NFL Cancels Meeting with Auction Winner Due to Failed Background Check"