SHRM “Getting Talent Back to Work” Initiative Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 27, 2019, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries – announced the launch of the SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work national initiative that champions the hiring of ex-offenders with criminal records, …

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Report Finds Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Had Family Member Incarcerated in Jail or Prison

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report based on research conducted by FWD.us and Cornell University on how incarceration affects American families revealed that nearly half of all adults living in the United States – 45 percent or approximately 113 million people – have had an immediate family member either formerly or …

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Low Unemployment Makes Employers More Willing to Hire Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With record low unemployment, employers should be more willing to hire ex-offenders with the necessary skills to make sure they are not eliminating job applicants with past criminal records who are qualified to work in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) …

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Ban the Box Pervasive Enough for Studies to Show Whether Fair Chance Laws are Effective in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about the criminal history of applicants from job applications to help ex-offenders find work will be pervasive enough for studies to show whether fair chance rules are effective in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider …

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Westchester County in New York Approves Ban the Box Measure to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2018, the Westchester County Board of Legislators in New York approved a “Ban the Box” measure to ensure that ex-offenders with past criminal records have an opportunity to explain their circumstances when they are looking for work, according to a news story on the Board’s website.

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Clean Slate Campaign Launched to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records for Reformed Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the Center for American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans – announced the launching of a national bipartisan Clean Slate Campaign to automate the clearing of criminal records for reformed ex-offenders.

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Many Universities Still Ask Student Applicants about Criminal History despite Growth of Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Despite the rapid growth of “Ban the Box” laws in America that remove questions about criminal history from job applications to help ex-offenders find work, many U.S. universities continue to ask student applicants about their criminal history as “a necessary security precaution,” according to a report from …

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Amendment 4 Approved by Florida Voters to Restore Voting Rights of Over One Million Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 6, 2018, Florida voters approved Amendment 4 with almost 65 percent of the vote – the measure needed at least 60 percent to become law – allowing approximately 1.2 million convicted ex-offenders in the state to automatically have their voting rights restored, according to The …

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New Orleans City Council Passes Ban the Box Ordinance that will take Effect in March 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn October 18, 2018, the New Orleans City Council (NOLA) passed a Ban the Box ordinance which will prohibit the City and City contractors from asking about the criminal history of potential employees on initial job applications. The legislation takes effect on March 1, 2019, according to a …

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Michigan Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive instructing all state departments and agencies to “Ban the Box” and remove the felony question box that precedes job applications on NEOGOV – the website where residents can apply for state employment – and replace …

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