Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
North Las Vegas has become the first municipality in Nevada to adopt a “Ban the Box” policy that will remove the box on city job applications that applicants must check if they have criminal records to allow ex-offenders a fair chance to advance in the hiring process, according to a report in the Las Vegas Sun.
The Las Vegas Sun reports Ban the Box proponents made a presentation to the North Las Vegas City Council on October 5, 2016, and the policy was later adopted administratively. Under the Ban the Box policy, background checks will be conducted only after applicants can meet the people doing the hiring.
“By not giving people a fair chance at employment, by not giving them the opportunity to support themselves and their families in a productive way, we are in effect pushing them to reoffend,” North Las Vegas Mayor Pro-Tem Isaac Barron was quoted as saying in the story about the Ban the Box policy.
State and federal laws still apply and any positions exempt by statute will be subject to initial disclosure. The new Ban the Box policy affects applicants for city employment only and not private employers. The complete story is at http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/oct/14/north-las-vegas-bans-the-box/.
The Ban the Box movement is spreading rapidly in the United States. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), more than 100 cities and counties as well as 24 states have adopted Ban the Box policies to delay the criminal history question until later in the hiring process.
Large U.S. employers who have taken the White House Fair Chance Business Pledge to Ban the Box include American Airlines, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Hersheys, Kellogg Company, Lyft, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Prudential, Staples, Starbucks, Uber, UnderArmour, Walmart, and Xerox.
ESR Offers Information about Ban the Box
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm – offers a Ban the Box Page with information about states, cities and counties, and resources to help employers better understand the Ban the Box movement. The ESR Ban the Box Page is available at www.esrcheck.com/Ban-the-Box/.
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