City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report on KAKE.com.

KAKE reports that the Ban the Box program – which takes effect immediately – will help people with criminal backgrounds find stable work and give ex-offenders who have already served their sentences the opportunity to transition back into society as working and law-abiding citizens.

The Ban the Box program allows the city to conduct a background check after a candidate accepts a position. The complete story from KAKE is available at http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/City-of-Wichita-to-remove-felony-check-box-on-job-applications–313097941.html.

Wikipedia.com describes Ban the Box as an international campaign “aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record.” The complete Ban the Box entry on Wikipedia.com is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_the_Box.

According to research from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), more than 100 cities and counties as well as 18 states have adopted some form of Ban the Box policy. The research from NELP is available at http://www.nelp.org/publication/ban-the-box-fair-chance-hiring-state-and-local-guide/.

More Information about Ban the Box from ESR News

The Ban the Box movement is rapidly spreading throughout the United States. Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – offers a Ban the Box Information Page with the latest news and resources available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Ban-the-Box/.

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