Northampton County in Pennsylvania Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure has signed an Executive Order to “Ban the Box” and remove any questions about criminal convictions or arrests that did not lead to guilty verdicts from County job applications, according to a press release from the Office of the County Executive.

The Ban the Box policy – which took effect April 27, 2018 – will reduce barriers for Pennsylvanians who want to explore career opportunities with County government. Exceptions will be made for positions such as law enforcement, safeguarding people, and jobs involving contact with vulnerable populations.

County Executive McClure believes that individuals who have paid their debt to society should have the chance to seek employment so they can become upstanding citizens and production members of their communities. Having a job reduces recidivism and makes neighborhoods safer.

“Ban the Box” is a movement seeking to advance job opportunities for people with prior criminal convictions by eliminating any inquiry into the criminal history of candidates on job applications, specifically the check box that requires candidates to disclose their criminal history.

As of May 2018, more than 150 cities and counties have Ban the Box laws. Cities and counties in Pennsylvania with Ban the Box laws include Allegheny County, Allentown, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Northampton County, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Reading.

In addition, 31 states have Ban the Box laws. In May 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that state agencies would adopt a Fair Chance Hiring Policy and Ban the Box for non-civil service applicants starting July 1, 2017, and Ban the Box for civil service applicants by December 2017.

ESR Ban the Box Resource Page

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – offers employers and HR professionals a Ban the Box Resource Page with complimentary whitepapers, infographics, and an interactive map updated with the latest Ban the Box laws for states, counties, and cities in America.

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