Waterloo First City in State of Iowa to Join Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 7, 2019, Waterloo, Iowa, became the first city in the state to join the “Ban the Box” movement by passing an ordinance that makes asking job applicants about criminal records early in the hiring process an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for employers, according to a report …

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Colorado Ban the Box Law to Limit Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries Takes Effect September 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Colorado House Bill (HB) 19-1025 – legislation that will Ban the Box and place limits on inquiries about the criminal history of job applicants by employers in the state – takes effect on September 1, 2019, for employers in the state with 11 or more employees, and …

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Columbia SC Passes Ban the Box Law and Prohibits Salary History Questions on Initial Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 6, 2019, Columbia, South Carolina City Council unanimously passed a law that will “Ban the Box” asking about criminal history and prohibit salary history questions on initial job applications, and will encourage vendors doing business with the City to do the same, according to a …

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Fair Chance Act to Ban the Box for Federal Government Passes House of Representatives

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 12, 2019, a bill authored by United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) called the Fair Chance Act that would “Ban the Box” and give formerly incarcerated individuals a better chance at finding employment was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives …

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Oakland County MI Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Remove Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Oakland County in Michigan has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy on job applications that will take effect by August 1, 2019, and “will ensure that the county considers a job applicant’s qualifications before considering their arrest or conviction records,” according to a report from the Oakland …

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Richland County SC Approves Ban the Box Rule to Drop Criminal History Question from Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 4, 2019, Richland County in South Carolina approved a “Ban the Box” rule to “drop the question about criminal convictions from job applications” and “will no longer ask future job applicants if they have a criminal history, joining a national movement meant to give those …

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Report Finds District of Columbia Employers Paid Nearly $500,000 Under Ban the Box Law Since 2014

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In May 2019, the District of Columbia (D.C.) Office of Human Rights (OHR) released a report on its “Ban the Box” law that was enacted in 2014 entitled “The District of Columbia Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014: The Work and Enforcement by the DC …

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Colorado Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill to Limit Inquiries about Criminal History of Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a “Ban the Box” bill into law – House Bill (HB) 19-1025 – that will place limits on the inquiries that employers in the state can make about the criminal history of job applicants, according to the Governor’s …

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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Investigation Finds Employers in Violation of State Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2019, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey announced that agreements were reached with two Massachusetts employers and warning letters were sent to 17 other businesses found to be in violation of a state “Ban the Box” law that bars employers from asking about criminal …

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New Mexico Passes Ban the Box Measure for Private Employers in State

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 96 (SB 96), the “Criminal Offender Employment Act” which is a measure that will “Ban the Box” by prohibiting private employers in the state from inquiring about a job applicant’s arrest or conviction history …

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