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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New Bern NC Enacts Ban the Box Resolution to Support Fair Hiring Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2019, the City of New Bern, North Carolina officially enacted a resolution to “Ban the Box” and remove the checkbox on city job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record in order to support fair hiring practices that will take …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases Guide to California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Ban the Box Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – has released a complimentary white paper entitled “A Guide to Following California, Los Angeles & San Francisco Fair Chance Hiring and Ban the Box Laws” to help employers …

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Background Check Experts to Present Webinar on Ban the Box Laws and Salary History Prohibitions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick will co-host a live webinar entitled “Illegal Employment Screening Practices: Ban the Box, Background Checks, and Salary History” on …

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