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Navigating the Job Search: Understanding the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Employment Background Checks

Job search can be a complex process, and understanding the legal landscape surrounding background checks can help alleviate some of the associated stress. This article sheds light on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and its implications for job applicants undergoing background checks.

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How to handle the situation when you need to give your former boss as a reference, but you frequently locked horns with him.

Building a stellar reference list is crucial to landing that next great job. But what if your former boss has a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” attitude towards providing glowing recommendations? Don’t fret! Let’s explore some alternative paths to gather positive, impactful references, even when things didn’t go so well with your last manager.

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To Disclose or Not Disclose: That is the Question

For many employers, the information found in a background investigation can often inject more ambiguity than clarity into the hiring process. The same can be said of job candidates who may be uncertain about if, how, when, or to whom they should disclose information about a past indiscretion. The many dimensions of this issue were highlighted in the responses to the below question which was posted as a poll on the LinkedIn page of Liz Ryan, founder, and CEO, of Human Workplace: I am job hunting. I have had a DUI from three years ago. It will surely come up in a background check. Should I mention it in the interview? The question clearly struck a chord with Liz’s followers. It racked up 19,627 votes, with respondents nearly split on the issue.

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Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce

Here are ten (10) approaches a person with a past criminal record can consider when seeking employment:
1. See an attorney to explore if you are eligible to get your conviction sealed, expunged, or judicially set aside.
2. You may have the Legal Right to say NO on an application or interview if asked about a criminal record.
3. Does “Ban the Box” apply to you?
4. Understand your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws if there is a background check and your criminal record is being used against you.
5. If a background report is not 100% correct and accurate, immediately contact the background screening firm and the employer.
6. Request an Individualized Assessment of your situation.
7. Seek professional assistance and talk to people experiencing the same challenges.
8. Honesty is the best policy.
9. Start to rebuild your résumé one step at a time, even if it is not the “perfect” job.
10. Take the long-term view.
Source: Author and Copyright Holder: Lester S. Rosen, Esq. Founder, and former CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

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Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know

Some employers look into your background before deciding whether to hire you or before deciding whether you can keep your job. When they do, you have legal rights. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a federal law that regulates background reports for employment, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws against employment discrimination.

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My Background Check Report mistakenly reported that I have a Criminal Record. What can I do?

According to the Professional Background Screening Association, 94% of all organizations conduct some form of background check before hiring new employees. In addition, 69% of these organizations conduct criminal record checks, according to the Society of Human Resource Management.

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Is Asking Job Applicants About Their Salary History
Okay in Your State?

Historically, one of the questions a prospective employee typically would get asked in a job interview is regarding their current or past salary. This question has been asked by businesses as a primary factor in determining the potential salary for the new hire.

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Why Do Employers Check Applicants’ Credit?

When preparing to apply for a new position you have a lot of things to consider. One of the important considerations should be for you to be prepared for the company you are interviewing with to conduct a credit check as part of the employment background check process.

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Job Seekers – Drug Testing, What to Expect

Most employers these days require pre-employment drug testing with an offer of employment. The offer of employment may be contingent upon a clean background check and a negative drug test. For companies regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) the pre-employment drug test is required by Federal regulations. In this article we want to inform job seekers what to expect with their drug test, and the following topics will be discussed.

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What Every Job Seeker Should Know About Background Checks

When you’re searching for a job you already have enough on your mind. Between trying to find a way to leave your current job gracefully and going through the long interview process with different companies, the last thing you need to do is lose any sleep over employment background checks.

The typical pre-employment background check has become so expected that most people don’t give them a second thought. You may not be new to employment background checking, but there are still some important things to know.

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What Every Job Seeker Should Know About Social Media Background Checks

Are you looking for a new job? In this internet age, social media background checks have become a vital part of the screening process by employers. Accordingly, it is important that you understand how employers use these checks to ensure your social media posts improve instead of undermining your chances of getting hired.

The following are some of the most essential items job seekers should know about social media checks.

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Cornbread Hustle is a staffing agency for second chances. We focus on helping people returning from incarceration and those in recovery find meaningful work. We provide jobs for men and women with any and all criminal backgrounds, and all criminal charges/convictions. All of our positions are temp-to-hire with a guaranteed offer of permanent, full-time work within 90 days after meeting obligations. Cornbread Hustle partners with employers to create second-chance hiring opportunities. Learn more at cornbreadhustle.com.

Cornbread Hustle
17766 Preston Road, #215
Dallas, TX 75252
Phone: 469-294-8799

Email: info@cornbreadhustle.com

Website: cornbreadhustle.com

Jobs board: cornbreadhustle.com/jobs

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Honest Jobs has built the nation’s largest fair chance employment marketplace. We are dedicated to helping people with criminal records find employment fast.

We know the challenges first-hand: The majority of our employees, including our Founder & CEO, have felony convictions and have struggled to find fair employment opportunities since serving their sentences. Honest Jobs is partnered with nearly 1,000 companies across the U.S. that actually hire fair chance candidates. Men and women coming home from incarceration anywhere in the United States find jobs through us 8x faster than other leading job boards.

To get started create a free Job Seeker profile at HonestJobs.co Use our website to search for jobs in your area. Our system will analyze thousands of jobs and show you the ones that are the most compatible with your specific criminal background.

For more information and to see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ visit: https://www.honestjobs.co/job-seekers

Less Rejection. More Results!

Cherie Oertel
Recruiting
Honest Jobs
Phone: 424-566-7780

Email: hjfounders@honestjobs.co
Website: honestjobs.co

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SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Regardless of your arrest or conviction history, Shelby County Government is looking for individuals who are ready to put their talents to work for our community. From clerical positions to support services to trained technicians, we have a place for you to start your career.

Whether it is part-time or full-time employment, seasonal or sustained, new job opportunities are open every month. Together we will help you find a place to get back to work and back to contributing to your community.

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Restoration of Rights Project

50-State Comparison:
Expungement, Sealing & Other Record Relief

Contents

  1. Authority for expunging, sealing, or setting aside convictions
  2. Automatic record clearing
  3. Process for expunging or sealing adult non-conviction records
  4. Judicial certificates of relief
  5. 50-state comparison of record relief policies
  6. State-by-state information

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Clean Slate Laws in the United States

States that have CS laws enacted

Pennsylvania (2018)
New Jersey (2019)
Utah (2019)
Connecticut (2020)
Michigan (2020)
Deleware (2021)
Virginia (2021)
California (2022)
Colorado (2022)
Oklahoma (2022)

States with pending bills as of September 19, 2023

Kentucky (HB 588)
Minnesota (HF 2023)
Missouri (HB 753)
New York (S7551A)
Rhode Island (SB 606)

*There is no guarantee that a pending bill will go through to signature by the governor or enactment.

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Michigan Department of Attorney General – Expunging Convictions

The Michigan Department of Attorney General Expungement site is designed to help applicants navigate their way through the new expungement laws, help them determine if they are eligible to have convictions expunged, answer frequently asked questions about the new laws, and to provide links for resources and assistance. This site will be updated regularly as new parts of the laws go into effect.

You may not need an attorney to represent you to expunge criminal offenses.

Many applicants filed applications on their own without the help of an attorney. If you would like to hire an attorney or need legal help, please refer to the “Legal Services” section of this website.

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California Law Will Seal Certain Criminal Records of Ex-Offender

Beginning July 1, 2023, California Senate Bill 731 (SB 731) makes criminal record sealing available for a defendant convicted of a felony on or after January 1, 2005, if the defendant completes all terms of incarceration, probation, supervision, and parole and is not convicted of a new felony offense for four years.

SB 731 specifies that conviction record relief does not release the defendant from the terms and conditions of unexpired criminal protective orders. Registered sex offenders were excluded from the legislation, and those convicted of serious and violent crimes would have to petition a court to have their records sealed.

Criminal records will still be provided to school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and private schools that conduct background checks for job applicants. People who have their records sealed also would be required to disclose their criminal history if asked when applying for a job in law enforcement or public office.

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The Reintegration Report Card Grading the States on Laws Restoring Rights and Opportunities After Arrest or Conviction

This Report Card supplements our recently published 50-state report, “The Many Roads to Reintegration,” a survey of U.S. laws aimed at restoring rights and opportunities after arrest or conviction. That report includes topical essays covering voting and firearms rights, an array of record relief remedies, and consideration of criminal records in employment and occupational licensing. The “Many Roads” report assigned to each state, D.C., and the federal system a grade for nine different types of restoration laws.

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Checkr’s Expungement Service

At Checkr, we believe a criminal sentence should never be a life sentence for unemployment. We believe human potential should not be limited by the past, and we work to expand people’s opportunities.

To promote our mission of fair-chance hiring, we built an affordable end-to-end expungement process for candidates, which leads them from qualification to completion.

We currently support expungements in California. If you have a charge in California, that you think qualifies, start our process.

Start My Expungement

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This interactive map helps to identify and connect you with community-based organizations supporting people who are justice-impacted through job readiness programming, re-entry services, and skills training. We hope this map will facilitate partnerships between employers and workforce organizations that open doors to new talent pools and connect people who are justice-impacted with meaningful career opportunities. This map currently includes over 600 organizations across 45 of the top job markets in the United States. The Second Chance Business Coalition is actively researching additional community organizations and adding new markets to the map.

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Biden Exec Order Federal Pardon

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Presidential Proclamation on Marijuana Possession

On October 6, 2022, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation that pardons federal convictions for simple marijuana possession offenses. The proclamation applies only to federal convictions, including D.C. Code offenses, and does not apply to convictions under state or local law.  

Certificate of Pardon for the Offense of Simple Possession of Marijuana on or before October 6, 2022

How a pardon can help you.

A pardon is an expression of the President’s forgiveness. It does not signify innocence or expunge the conviction. But it may remove civil disabilities — such as restrictions on the right to vote, to hold office, or to sit on a jury — that are imposed because of the pardoned conviction. It may also be helpful in obtaining licenses, bonding, or employment.

Learn more about the pardon

How to qualify for the pardon.

You qualify for the pardon if:

  • On or before October 6, 2022, you were charged with or convicted of simple possession of marijuana by either a federal or D.C. Superior court.
  • You were a U.S. citizen or lawfully present in the United States at the time of the offense.
  • You were a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident on October 6, 2022

Request a certificate to show proof of the pardon.

A Certificate of Pardon is proof that you were pardoned under the proclamation. The certificate is the only documentation you will receive of the pardon.

What you’ll need for the request.

Complete application for pardon

 

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