Massachusetts Amends Ban the Box Law Limiting Employer Inquiries into Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed two laws – An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform – and also filed a third separate bill, An Act Building on Criminal Justice Reform, …

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Forsyth County in North Carolina Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance Employment Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina voted unanimously to join the “Ban the Box” movement by removing the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from county job applications effective immediately, according to a report by the Winston-Salem …

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Westchester County Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance to Work Executive Order

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 9, 2018, Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the “Fair Chance to Work” Executive Order which – effective immediately – will “Ban the Box” and prohibit the County from inquiring about past convictions during the initial application process, according to a press release on Westchestergov.com.

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San Francisco Amends Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2018, the City and County of San Francisco amended its Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that restricts the ability of employers to inquire about the criminal records of applicants and employees in employment decisions to align the FCO with …

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Employment Screening Resources Creates Interactive Ban the Box Map Showing Patchwork of Laws in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has created an interactive Ban the Box Map to help employers better understand the current patchwork of Ban the Box laws in states, counties, and cities in America. The page is at www.esrcheck.com/Legislative-Compliance/Ban-the-Box/. “Ban the Box” …

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State of Washington Enacts Ban the Box Law to Restrict Employers from Asking About Criminal History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 13, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) to extend “Ban the Box” legislation protections to applicants seeking jobs with both public and private employers in the state, according to a news release from the National Employment Law …

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Employers Looking for Workers Find Inmates and Ex-Offenders Can Make Good Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the unemployment rate in the United States at 4.1 percent, businesses that complain they cannot find workers are turning to an untapped and underutilized source of labor – inmates and ex-offenders consisting of the approximately 20 million Americans who have been convicted of a felony.

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Kansas City MO Adopts Ban the Box Ordinance to Give Ex-Offenders a Fair Chance at Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 1, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri adopted a “Ban The Box” ordinance to bar private and public employers from asking applicants about criminal records and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process to give ex-offenders a fair chance at employment. The ordinance takes effect …

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Rising Demand for Workers in U.S. Leads to More Job Opportunities for Applicants with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the demand for workers rising in the United States – the December 2017 jobs report revealed the unemployment rate to be 4.1 percent – companies in America are being forced “to consider workers they once would have turned away” and to provide “opportunities to people who have …

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New Jersey Passes Laws to Modernize State Expungement System to Help Minor Criminal Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation – Senate Bills 3306, 3307, and 3308 – that will change and modernize the state’s expungement system and help minor criminal offenders reclaim their lives, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor.

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