Tag Archives: ex-offenders

Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two studies on “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record on initial applications – one by The Brookings Institution and the other by the University of Chicago – claim that these well intentioned laws meant to help ex-offenders re-enter the workforce may have the unintended consequence of causing more harm than good for minority job seekers. Continue reading

Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law will take effect August 1, 2016. Continue reading

Connecticut Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill Into Law

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a Ban the Box bill into law that will prohibit most employers in the state with one or more employees from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal history such as prior arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on initial job applications. The Ban the Box law in Connecticut – part of a growing trend sweeping the nation – shall take effect on January 1, 2017. Continue reading

Study Finds Ex-Offenders Can Be Good Workers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study assessing the performance of ex-offenders with past criminal records in the workplace reveals that employers could be missing out on good workers by avoiding job applicants with criminal pasts when hiring, according to an article ‘Ex-Cons May Outperform You in the Workplace’ available on the Bloomberg.com website. Continue reading

Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release on city’s website. Continue reading

HUD Releases Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Housing Providers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of General Counsel has released ‘Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions’ to show how The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. The HUD Guidance is available here. Continue reading

Vermont Passes Ban the Box Law for Both State and Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill – H.261 – that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont, according to a press release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Georgia Governor Signs SB 367 to Advance Criminal Justice Reforms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 367 (SB 367) to advance comprehensive reform for offenders entering, proceeding through, and leaving the criminal justice system to promote their successful reentry into society, benefit the public, and enact reforms recommended by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, according to a press release on the Office of the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten & Golden LLP and a coalition of legal advocates. Continue reading

White House Proposes New Ban the Box Regulations for Federal Government Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would “Ban the Box” and prohibit the government from asking about the criminal history of applicants for Federal employment until later in the hiring process after a conditional job offer. The public has until July 1, 2016, to submit comments here before a final rule is issued. Continue reading