Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council has unanimously enacted a Ban the Box law – amended Bill 36-14 – to delay the point at which employers in the County may inquire into the criminal history of applicants for County jobs until the conclusion of the first interview. A …Continue reading "Montgomery County MD Enacts Ban the Box Law"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Roanoke, Virginia has agreed to Ban the Box and will implement a policy to remove the question about the criminal history of job applicants from initial applications for most job openings with the city “by January of next year,” according to a report from …Continue reading "Roanoke VA Will Ban the Box"
Legislation under consideration in Michigan – HOUSE BILL No. 4366 – would “Ban the Box” on job applications that employers use to ask applicants about felony convictions with certain exceptions, according to a report on MLive.com. The complete text of HOUSE BILL No. 4366 is available at http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/htm/2013-HIB-4366.htm.Continue reading "Michigan Ban the Box Bill would Prevent Employers from Asking about Felony Convictions on Job Applications"
In order to reduce unnecessary barriers to employment for the one in four adult Californians with arrest or conviction records, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit requesting criminal record information on initial employment applications for local and state government jobs. The text of …Continue reading "California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs"
Business owners can perform background checks on job applicants without a great deal of expense to avoid “bad hires” of “employees from hell,” according to an article on the Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel website that features suggestions from safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen. The full article – ‘Employment Screening Resources: How to avoid hiring employee …Continue reading "Businesses Can Background Check Job Applicants Affordably to Avoid Bad Hires Says Safe Hiring Expert"
The City Council of Richmond, Virginia has unanimously passed a ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance that would to eliminate the question asking job applicants about prior felony convictions on application forms for many city jobs, according to an article on the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch website.Continue reading "City of Richmond Passes Ban the Box Ordinance Removing Question about Criminal History from Job Applications"
In December 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware became the latest U.S. cities to join the growing “ban the box” movement when the City Council passed legislation that eliminated the check box asking about criminal history from job applications for the city. Pittsburgh joined other U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, …Continue reading "Ban the Box Movement Removing Question about Criminal Records from Job Applications Spreads Across United States"
New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 6220, “Ban the Box Act of 2012” – would prohibit most employers from asking about or checking a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment and would “ban the box” that job applicants are asked to mark indicating whether they have …Continue reading "Ban the Box Act would Prohibit Most Employers from Asking Applicants about Criminal Records until Job Offer"
The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has launched a new Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request service online called ‘iCORI’ that will allow individuals and organizations to request and obtain Massachusetts criminal offender record information over the Internet. For more information about iCORI, one of the main provisions of the new CORI Reform law …Continue reading "Massachusetts CORI Reform Law Effective May 4 2012"
On May 4, 2012, many of the new provisions of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Law, Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010 signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in August of 2010 will take effect. Commonly known as ‘CORI Reform,’ the law changes who will have authorized access to CORI and how …Continue reading "Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information CORI Reform Law Provisions Take Effect May 4"