Study Finds Ban the Box Policies Increase Odds of Public Sector Employment for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study released in January of 2017 entitled “Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment” has found that Ban the Box policies that remove criminal history questions from applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process increased the odds of public sector employment for …

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Ban the Box Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in Three States on July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 1, 2017, several “Ban the Box” laws – so called because they remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history and delay such questions until later in the hiring process – are scheduled to take effect …

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Louisiana to Ban the Box on Admissions Applications for Public Colleges and Universities

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation – ACT 276 – House Bill 688 (HB 688) – that will prohibit public postsecondary education institutions from inquiring about the criminal history of prospective students prior to their acceptance for admission except for history …

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New Jersey Governor Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Three New Expungement Reform Bills  

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced a bipartisan agreement on three new expungement reform bills that will prohibit employment discrimination based upon expunged criminal records, increase the number of convictions that can be expunged while accelerating expungements, and reduce the waiting period to expunge an entire juvenile …

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Indiana to Prohibit Local Ban the Box Laws that Prevent Employers from Using Criminal History Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation – Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) – to prohibit “political subdivisions” in the state such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing “Ban the Box” laws that prevent employers from obtaining or using the criminal history information of job applicants during the hiring process …

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Pennsylvania to Ban the Box on State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will “Ban the Box” and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction, according to a news story on the Governor’s website.

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Utah to Join Ban the Box Movement to Delay Questions about Criminal Records of Applicants for State Jobs

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The state of Utah has joined the so-called “Ban the Box” movement to delay any questions by government employers about the criminal records of job applicants applying for state employment in order to give ex-offenders a fair chance to find work after release from prison, according to …

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Congress Introduces Bipartisan Ban the Box Legislation to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives have introduced “Ban the Box” legislation – the Fair Chance Act (S.842/H.R.1905) and the REDEEM Act (S.827/H.R.1906) – to ensure that job seekers who have a conviction record in their past are not unfairly shut out from federal …

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California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that …

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

  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 …

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