Tag Archives: ex-offenders

Report Suggests Ways to Improve Ban the Box Policies to Help Prevent Racial Discrimination

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A research report released by the nonprofit Urban Institute in February 2017 – ‘Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination: A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations’ – suggests “Ban the Box” policies that remove questions on job applications requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history may be improved with policy additions to support equal employment opportunity laws that help prevent racial discrimination. Continue reading

City of Los Angeles Issues Ban the Box Ordinance Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) has issued an Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form to help employers comply with the Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

Albany County NY Legislature Votes to Ban the Box on Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 13, 2017, the Albany County (NY) Legislature voted 32 to 3 to approve “Local Law N” to Ban the Box and remove the check box on county job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record, according to a report on the WAMC/Northeast Public Radio website. Continue reading

Kentucky Governor Issues Order to Ban the Box from State Job Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On February 1, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order that will “Ban the Box” and remove questions about criminal conviction history from the initial application for all state jobs in the executive branch, according to a news report on Governor Bevin’s website. Continue reading

Re-Entry and Second Chance Programs for Ex-Offenders Will Increase in Importance for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A study on the criminal background of workers and job performance released in October of 2016 by Northwestern University found that ex-offenders who had criminal records were no worse as employees in the workplace than non-offenders. The fact that re-entry programs and second chance programs  will increase as more employers discover ex-offenders make good employees as well as focus on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Compliance  is Trend Number 2 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

New California Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking about Juvenile Criminal Records Takes Effect January 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A new law – Assembly Bill (A.B.) No. 1843 – will take effect January 1, 2017, and amend Section 432.7 of the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain juvenile records occurring while that person was subject to juvenile court law. Continue reading

HOPE for Prisoners Program Shows Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A member of a registered nonprofit organization called HOPE for Prisoners that helps ex-offenders “transition out of prison to reenter society successfully” says that workers with past criminal records “work harder than other employees” and “truly value their jobs,” according to the article “Should You Hire An Ex-Con?” that is available on the Forbes.com website. Continue reading

Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.” Continue reading

Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Jackson County, Missouri has joined the fast spreading Ban the Box movement and will no longer require job candidates applying for employment with the county to check a box on application forms if they have a criminal record, according to a report from the Kansas City Star. Continue reading

North Las Vegas Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

North Las Vegas has become the first municipality in Nevada to adopt a “Ban the Box” policy that will remove the box on city job applications that applicants must check if they have criminal records to allow ex-offenders a fair chance to advance in the hiring process, according to a report in the Las Vegas Sun. Continue reading