Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Colorado House Bill (HB) 19-1025 – legislation that will Ban the Box and place limits on inquiries about the criminal history of job applicants by employers in the state – takes effect on September 1, 2019, for employers in the state with 11 or more employees, and …Continue reading "Colorado Ban the Box Law to Limit Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries Takes Effect September 1"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 23, 2019, a man linked to a decades-old cold case murder that occurred in Florida in 1998 after he applied for a job that required him to undergo a fingerprint background check in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison for the crime, according to …Continue reading "Man Linked to Cold Case Murder by Fingerprint Background Check for Job Sentenced to Life in Prison"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 9, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced it had reached an agreement with international home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports through its conciliation process to resolve a background check race discrimination charge …Continue reading "EEOC Reaches Agreement with Pier 1 Imports to Resolve Background Check Race Discrimination Charge"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction that barred the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – from enforcing the EEOC’s “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records …Continue reading "Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Barring EEOC from Enforcing Guidance on Criminal Records in Texas"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With “an estimated 23.5 million adults in recovery from substance use disorder and 5 million people who were formerly incarcerated” – along with a historically low unemployment rate causing a hiring crunch in a tight job market – employers that need workers may consider these two previously …Continue reading "Employers May Consider Ex-Offenders and People Recovering from Substance Use Disorders in Hiring Crunch"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia is investigating why the past criminal record of a quadruple homicide suspect accused of stabbing his girlfriend and their three children to death did not appear on a tenant background check conducted on him, according to a report from WTVM-TV News …Continue reading "Criminal Record of Quadruple Homicide Suspect Did Not Appear on Tenant Background Check"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced at a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him signing House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill into law that the automatic sealing of criminal records would begin that day, according to a press release on …Continue reading "Pennsylvania Clean Slate Starts Sealing 30 Million Criminal Records on One-Year Anniversary of Signing"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Madison Square Garden has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the arena “imposed too strict of requirements for criminal disclosures that had a disparate impact on minority applicants,” according to a report from the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor. Consumer …Continue reading "Madison Square Garden to Pay $1.3 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Background Check Policy"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Macy’s, Inc. is facing a class action lawsuit for alleged discrimination against job applicants and employees with criminal records and violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act …Continue reading "Macy’s Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Discrimination Against Employee Fired for Having a Criminal Record"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Oakland County in Michigan has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy on job applications that will take effect by August 1, 2019, and “will ensure that the county considers a job applicant’s qualifications before considering their arrest or conviction records,” according to a report from the Oakland …Continue reading "Oakland County MI Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Remove Criminal History Question on Job Applications"