Tag Archives: ex-offenders

Survey Finds California Public Employers Ready to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxA survey released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) details compliance efforts by public employers in California to successfully put in place new job applications to comply with a Ban the Box law – Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) – which took effect July 1, 2014. The Ban the Box law removes questions about convictions from state and local government job applications and postpones such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The survey titled ‘Implementation of California Ban the Box Legislation (AB 218)’ is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2014/NELP-California-AB-218-Ban-the-Box-Implementation-Survey-Memo.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading

Former UC Berkeley Administrator Allegedly Stole From School

Written By Thomas Ahearn

EducationA former research administrator at UC Berkeley who had a prior conviction for embezzlement allegedly stole “tens of thousands of dollars” from the university, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The full story is available at http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/UC-Berkeley-administrator-stole-thousands-5517119.php. Continue reading

Baltimore Mayor Signs Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a signed a Ban the Box bill to make private employers in the city remove a box from job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record, according to a report from WJZ-TV CBS 13 on CBSBaltimore.com. The full story about the signing of the bill, which takes effect 90 days after adoption, is available at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/rawlings-blake-signs-ban-the-box-bill/. Continue reading

Baltimore City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban The BoxThe City Council of Baltimore, Maryland has passed Ban the Box legislation that will bar employers in the city with ten or more workers from asking job seekers about their criminal record history on job applications and make them wait until a conditional job offer has been extended, according to a Baltimore Sun news report. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the bill which will go into effect 90 days after adoption. The full story is available at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-council-20140428%2C0%2C2777891.story. Continue reading

New Georgia Law Helps Ex-Offenders Find Jobs and Protects Employers

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News BlogGeorgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law Senate Bill 365 (SB 365) to help rehabilitated offenders successfully re-enter society by removing barriers to employment and making it easier for employers to hire ex-offenders, reduce recidivism and create jobs. The text of SB 365, which also offers protection for employers hiring ex-offenders, is at http://gov.georgia.gov/documents/sb-365. Continue reading

Michigan Ban the Box Bill would Prevent Employers from Asking about Felony Convictions on Job Applications

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

Seattle Ban the Box Ordinance Limiting Use of Criminal Records by Employers Takes Effect November 1

Starting November 1, 2013, employers in Seattle, Washington will need to comply with new “Ban the Box” legislation – Ordinance 124201 – that limits the use criminal history records by employers for employment screening during the initial hiring process. The text of Ordinance 124201, which creates a new ‘Chapter 14.17 The Use of Criminal History in Employment Decisions’ of the Seattle Municipal Code, is available at http://www.clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~archives/Ordinances/Ord_124201.pdf. Continue reading

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Ban the Box Bill to Help Ex-Offenders Seeking Government Jobs

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 AB 218 – which will take effect July 1, 2014 – is at http://openstates.org/ca/bills/20132014/AB218/. Continue reading

Report Examines Employer Compliance with New EEOC Guidance on Criminal Records Released in 2012

A report from Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, PA titled ‘EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community’ examines employer compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ released on April 25, 2012. The complete report by Sharon M. Dietrich, Managing Attorney of CLS, is available at http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/1624843/1552763922/name/EEOC%20CHR%20guidance%20one%20year%20later%20-%20policy%20paper.pdf. Continue reading

New Indiana Law Allowing Expungement of Old Criminal Records Takes Effect July 1

A new law in Indiana that takes effect July 1, 2013 – Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1482 – will allow state residents to have certain old criminal records “expunged” or erased by the courts and could create job opportunities for ex-offenders. Signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May 2013, this “second chance” law applies to both employers based in Indiana and those who hire workers in the state. The full text of the new law is available at http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HE/HE1482.1.html. Continue reading