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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President Trump Proclaims April 2018 as Second Chance Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 30, 2018, United States President Donald J. Trump proclaimed April 2018 as Second Chance Month “to prevent crime on our streets, to respect the rule of law by prosecuting individuals who break the law, and to provide opportunities for people with criminal records to earn …

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Program Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Employment to Avoid Returning to Prison

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An Illinois man with a criminal record who realized ex-offenders face challenges to avoid going back to prison in a state where the rate of recidivism – the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend – is 43 percent started a program to help former inmates released to …

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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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Court Rules for Texas Over EEOC in Case about Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 1, 2018, a U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Texas in a lawsuit challenging the guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that limits the ability of employers – including the state of Texas and its agencies – from categorically excluding convicted …

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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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Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …

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North Carolina Law Reducing Wait Time for Criminal Record Expungement Took Effect December 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 1, 2017, North Carolina Senate Bill 445 (SB 445) took effect to reduce the wait time for criminal record expungement for first-time non-violent offenders where the legal record of an individual’s arrest or criminal conviction is sealed and essentially erased in the eyes of the law.

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