Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 10, 2020, the Montgomery County Council in Maryland unanimously enacted Bill 35-20, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards – Amendments to expand the scope of a “Ban the Box” law the County passed in 2014, according to a press release …Continue reading "Montgomery County MD Enacts Bill to Expand Scope of “Ban the Box” Law"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 15, 2020, Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige signed Senate Bill 2193 (SB 2193) into law to amend the state’s original “Ban the Box” law passed in 1998 – the first of its kind in the United States – to strengthen protections for ex-offenders by reducing …Continue reading "Hawaii Amends Ban the Box Law to Strengthen Protections for Ex-Offenders"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 18, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 158 to implement fair chance and “Ban the Box” policies at state agencies to increase job opportunities for ex-offenders with criminal records that will take effect immediately and be implemented by November 1, 2020, according …Continue reading "North Carolina Governor Signs “Ban the Box” Order for State Agency Jobs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 27, 2020, the Shelby County Commission voted unanimously to “Ban the Box” on job applications that asks applicants who are ex-offenders about their arrest or conviction histories when applying for jobs with the government in Shelby County, Tennessee, according to a report from the Memphis …Continue reading "Shelby County TN Votes to “Ban the Box” on Applications for Government Jobs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Aiken City Council voted unanimously to pass a “Ban the Box” resolution that would remove the check box on employment applications for city government jobs that asks about a job applicant’s criminal history to help ex-offenders find work, according to a report …Continue reading "Aiken SC Approves Ban the Box Resolution for City Employment Applications"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed “Ban the Box” legislation into law – House Bill 972/Senate Bill 2 – to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for simple marijuana possession. The law will take effect on …Continue reading "Virginia “Ban the Box” Law for Simple Marijuana Possession Takes Effect July 1"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 27, 2020, Suffolk County in New York filed a “Ban the Box” law that will prohibit employers in the county with 15 or more employees from asking questions regarding or pertaining to the criminal convictions of job candidates during the application process. The Ban the …Continue reading "Suffolk County NY Files Ban the Box Law for Applicants with Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws and Second Chance Programs aimed at giving ex-offenders a fair chance to find work and reenter the workforce often have a major deficit – employers trying to do the right thing still have substantial legal exposure in many states, according to an article …Continue reading "Employer Protection from Lawsuits Critical to Advancing Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override a veto by Governor Larry Hogan and enact Senate Bill 839 that stated employers with 15 or more full-time employees may not “require an applicant to disclose whether the applicant has a criminal record or has …Continue reading "Maryland General Assembly Overrides Veto of Ban the Box Act by Governor"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws and second chance programs that help give ex-offenders in the United States with a prior criminal record – an estimated 70 million people or nearly one in three U.S. adults – an opportunity to find work after leaving prison will continue to spread …Continue reading "Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Will Spread in 2020"