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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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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New Jersey Passes Laws to Modernize State Expungement System to Help Minor Criminal Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation – Senate Bills 3306, 3307, and 3308 – that will change and modernize the state’s expungement system and help minor criminal offenders reclaim their lives, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor.

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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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Arizona Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Delay Criminal Record Questions to Applicants for State Agency Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 6, 2017, Arizona governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2017-07 to adopt new “Ban the Box” hiring procedures to provide a second chance and increased job opportunities to Arizonans who have served their time and been released, according to a news release on the Governor’s website.

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Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

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California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation that included Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which is supposed to improve the state’s juvenile justice systems by authorizing courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses.

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California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law new “Ban the Box” legislation – Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) –  to prohibit private employers in the state with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a …

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