Utah to Join Ban the Box Movement to Delay Questions about Criminal Records of Applicants for State Jobs

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Utah has joined the so-called “Ban the Box” movement to delay any questions by government employers about the criminal records of job applicants applying for state employment in order to give ex-offenders a fair chance to find work after release from prison, according to …

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Los Angeles BCA Offers Resources for Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) is offering resources for a “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that restricts inquiry by employers into the criminal records of job applicants until after they make a conditional …

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Congress Introduces Bipartisan Ban the Box Legislation to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced “Ban the Box” legislation – the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906) – to ensure that job seekers who have a conviction record in their past are not unfairly shut out from federal …

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Employment Screening Resources Creates Infographic for Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global provider of background checks located in California, has issued a City of Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Infographic that outlines employment requirements and impact of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January …

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California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that …

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Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history …

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City of Los Angeles Issues Ban the Box Ordinance Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) has issued an Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form to help employers comply with the Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January 22, 2017.

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Albany County NY Legislature Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 13, 2017, the Albany County (NY) Legislature voted 32 to 3 to approve “Local Law N” to Ban the Box and remove the check box on county job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record, according to a …

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Kentucky Governor Issues Order to Ban the Box from State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 1, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal conviction history from the initial application for all state jobs in the executive branch, according to a news report on Governor Bevin’s website.

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HR Professionals Must Adapt to Emerging Background Check Trends when Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Human resource (HR) professionals conducting employment screening when hiring must adapt to several emerging background check trends including “Ban the Box” laws and the “gig” workforce in 2017, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website.

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