St. Louis County Adopts Ban the Box Order to Remove Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 11, 2018, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger announced an executive order to “Ban the Box” that – effective immediately – ensures “St. Louis County will no longer ask job applicants for criminal histories in their initial employment applications,” according to a report by the St. …

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Massachusetts Attorney General Cites Employers for Violating State Ban the Box Law in Hiring Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 6, 2018, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey announced her office had reached agreements with four national employers an issued warning letters to 17 other Boston area businesses found to be in violation of a “Ban the Box” provision in state law that prohibits employers …

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Background Screening Firm Protects Employers While Promoting Ex-Offenders Re-Entering Workforce

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – “helps employers navigate the complex regulations around compliance and privacy laws, while providing resources and advocacy in helping ex-offenders find work,” according to a blog on BadCredit.org.

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City of York in Pennsylvania Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Ex-Offenders Gain Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2018, the York City Council in York, Pennsylvania adopted a new “Ban the Box” hiring policy to give job applicants with criminal records who have served their time an equal opportunity to gain employment, according to a report from WHTM ABC 27 News in …

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Survey Finds Most Managers and HR Professionals Willing to Hire Job Applicants with Criminal Records   

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New research from a collaboration between the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charles Koch Institute (CKI)  has identified a potentially significant pool of untapped workers – job applicants with criminal records – and found most employers are willing to hire and work with them.

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Linn County in Iowa Adopts Ban the Box Resolution for Inclusive Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 16, 2018, the Linn County Board of Supervisors adopted a “Ban the Box” resolution for inclusive hiring practices for County positions to demonstrate a “commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with a prior criminal conviction,” according to a Civic Alert on County’s …

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Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …

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Northampton County in Pennsylvania Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure has signed an Executive Order to “Ban the Box” and remove any questions about criminal convictions or arrests that did not lead to guilty verdicts from County job applications, according to a press release from the Office of the County Executive.

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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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DOJ Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories Shows Records Not Always Accurate and Complete

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – which is responsible for enforcement of law and administration of justice in the United States – has released its latest Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems that “includes some disturbing facts on the currency and accuracy of records,” according to …

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