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Ban the Box Will Become More the Rule than Exception when Background Screening Workers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that works to prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial applications is spreading rapidly across the United States, with 24 states and over 150 cities and counties having such laws. The fact that Ban the Box laws will become more the rule than the exception when background screening potential employees is Trend Number 1 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Los Angeles to Ban the Box on Job Applications for Public and Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ ordinance to “Ban the Box” from job applications and prevent public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal records while delaying background checks until conditional job offers, according to a blog on the website of Councilman Curren D. Price (District 9). The law will take effect January 22, 2017. (UPDATE: Mayor Garcetti signs historic Fair Chance Initiative into law.) Continue reading

University of Minnesota to Ban the Box on Student Admission Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Starting in the Fall of 2017, the University of Minnesota will adopt a Ban the Box rule on student admission applications and applicants to the school will no longer have to answer questions about past felony convictions or pending criminal charges, according to a report from the Minnesota Daily. Continue reading

Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.” Continue reading

Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Jackson County, Missouri has joined the fast spreading Ban the Box movement and will no longer require job candidates applying for employment with the county to check a box on application forms if they have a criminal record, according to a report from the Kansas City Star. Continue reading

North Las Vegas Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

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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. Continue reading

NAPBS Submits Comments to Los Angeles Mayor and City Council Regarding Ban the Box Legislation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has submitted comments to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council regarding proposed “ban the box” legislation noting that rule amendments would pose “severe compliance challenges” for employers in the city, especially Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) currently regulated by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Continue reading

SUNY to Ban the Box for Criminal Convictions on Student Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The State University of New York (SUNY) – a system of public institutions of higher education in New York state – has voted to pass a Ban the Box resolution to adopt a policy that will eliminate questions about criminal records on applications filled out by students wishing to attend any of the SUNY schools in New York, according to a memorandum to Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. The effective date of the SUNY Ban the Box policy will be July 1, 2017. Continue reading

Sacramento CA May Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sacramento, California is considering a law that may “Ban the Box” and prohibit private companies from receiving city contracts if they ask their workers whether or not they have a criminal conviction on job applications, according to a report from KCRA 3 News in Sacramento. Continue reading

White House Announces New Round of Employers Taking Ban the Box Pledge

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 16, 2016, the White House announced a new round of signers of the Obama administration’s Fair Chance Business Pledge that includes Walmart – the largest private employer in the world with 2.2 million employees – to bring the total number of companies and organizations pledging to “Ban the Box” and help job candidates with criminal histories to return to the workforce to 185 employers. Continue reading