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 …Continue reading "Amendment 4 Approved by Florida Voters to Restore Voting Rights of Over One Million Ex-Offenders"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last updated October 18, 2018) Several county courthouses in Florida closed due to Hurricane Michael – a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, and caused catastrophic damage – and some have remained closed, according to a list of court closures on …Continue reading "Hurricane Michael Causes Court Closures in Florida"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has announced that the 2017 NAPBS Annual Conference will take place as scheduled from September 17 to 19, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The NAPBS had been closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Irma – a Category 4 hurricane that made …Continue reading "2017 NAPBS Annual Conference to Take Place as Scheduled in Florida from September 17 to 19"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Last Updated September 18, 2017) Federal courthouses in Southern Florida are reopening after closures caused by Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, 2017, according to the United States Courthouse website. Federal courthouses in Key West, Florida, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands …Continue reading "Hurricane Irma Closes Courts in Florida"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website.Continue reading "Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn International security company G4S confirmed in a statement posted on the G4S.com website that Omar Mateen – the shooter who killed at least 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016 in the deadliest mass shooting …Continue reading "Orlando Nightclub Shooter was Employed by International Security Company"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Sarasota, Florida has joined the fast growing “Ban the Box” movement and adopted a policy that voluntarily removes the box on city employment applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have any past criminal convictions, according to a press release …Continue reading "Sarasota FL Adopts Ban the Box Policy for City Hiring"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort …Continue reading "Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Macon-Bibb County (Georgia) Commission has voted 6-3 to Ban the Box and remove any questions that ask about criminal records of applicants from county job applications, according to a report from 13WMAZ in Central Georgia.Continue reading "Macon-Bibb County GA Votes to Ban the Box"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City Commission of Tallahassee, Florida has voted 3-2 to support a “Ban the Box” measure that will remove the question asking people who apply for jobs with the city if they have had a criminal conviction from applications, according to a report from the Tallahassee Democrat.Continue reading "Tallahassee FL Votes to Ban the Box"