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San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance May Hurt Ex-Offenders the Law was Meant to Help

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Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

The San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that took effect a year ago today on August 13, 2014, requires San Francisco City and County employers with 20 or more workers to follow strict rules about inquiring into and using the criminal record history of job applicants and employees. Continue reading

City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report on KAKE.com. Continue reading

New Jersey Ban the Box Act Takes Effect March 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective March 1, 2015, Ban the Box legislation in New Jersey – (S2124) “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – will establish certain employment rights for reformed ex-offenders and provides job applicants who have criminal records with protections when they seek employment. The law prevents employers from asking about criminal records of job applicants early in the hiring process. The Ban the Box Act is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2500/2124_I1.HTM. Continue reading

Michigan Law Protects Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders with Certificate of Employability

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective January 1, 2015, new Michigan laws – Public Acts 359, 360, and 361 – offer protection for employers in the state that hire ex-offenders by issuing a “certificate of employability” to certain prisoners before their release. Under the new Michigan law, these certificates may be used as evidence to show duty of care by employers when hiring or retaining ex-offenders. A summary of these Public Acts – Michigan House Bills 5216, 5217, and 5218 that have become law – is available here. Continue reading

Proposition 47 Reduces Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ballot measure passed in California on Election Day – Proposition 47 – The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (Initiative 13-0060) – requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felony sentences for certain drug and property offenses and allows criminal offenders who commit “certain non-serious and non-violent drug and property crimes” to have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors. To learn more about Proposition 47 – which became law the day after the election on November 5, 2014 – please visit http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/47/. Continue reading

Montgomery County MD Enacts Ban the Box Law

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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 press release about the Ban the Box law is available on the Montgomery County website at http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Council/PressRelease/PR_detailsNew.asp?PrID=14203. Continue reading

City of St. Louis Decides to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective immediately, the City of St. Louis will Ban the Box on job applications for employment with the City so they will no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor Francis Slay available at http://themissouritimes.com/14275/press-release-city-st-louis-bans-box-job-applications/. Continue reading

Roanoke VA Will Ban the Box

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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 WDBJ7 available at http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/city-of-roanoke-agrees-to-ban-the-box/29039640. Continue reading

Study Links Ban the Box Laws to Public Safety

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ‘first of its kind’ study published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice has linked the Ban the Box legislation that removes the criminal history question from job applications to improved public safety. More information about the study ‘The Effect of Hawaii’s Ban the Box Law on Repeat Offending’ is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-014-9251-9. Continue reading

Ban the Box Becoming National Trend Says Safe Hiring Expert

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from initial job applications is becoming a national trend “that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” according to Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen’s comments are featured in an article originally published in Business News Daily and now available online at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6969-criminal-history-job-applications.html. Continue reading