EmployeeScreenIQ Weekly Wrap Up: March 7, 2014
March 7, 2014
Happy Friday! It’s been awhile since our last weekly wrap up, so I wanted to highlight a few posts from the last week or so. Nick shared about a recent issue we’ve seen with delayed background checks for veterans seeking employment. We also posted an update on ban the box, with San Francisco being the latest city to eliminate the question on job applications that asks about criminal history. And lastly, we posted feedback on the official statements from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding the EEOC guidance.
Former president George W. Bush took to the airwaves this week to announce a worthy program he is launching to help veterans transition back to civilian life and treat those that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. In doing so, President Bush pointed out that unemployment rates for veterans now hovers at an alarming rate of approximately 10% and while this number has decreased since last year (11.7%), the overall U.S. unemployment rate is just beneath 7%. Read More
It’s official—San Francisco has banned the box. Employers in the city or county of San Francisco may no longer inquire about criminal history on employment applications or during interviews. Titled the The Fair Chance Ordinance, No. 17-14, the new law goes into effect on August 13, 2014 and prohibits both private and public employers with at least 20 employees from asking about a criminal past on the job application or in an initial interview. Read More
As many of your know, I had the privilege of providing testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at their hearing on the impact of criminal background checks and the EEOC’s conviction policy on the employment of Black and Hispanic workers in December of 2012. After great debate and deliberation, the commission released their official statements regarding the hearing in mid-February. Read More