Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …

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Job Search Site Will Not Post Jobs from Employers that Discriminate against People with Criminal Backgrounds

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 4, 2017, job search website Glassdoor announced that it has “doubled down on its commitment to giving those with a criminal record a fair chance” by updating its Terms of Use to prevent employers from posting jobs that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act …

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Jackson County MO Joins Ban the Box Movement

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.

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

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, …

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Sacramento CA May Ban the Box on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The City of Sacramento, California is considering a law that may “Ban the Box” and prohibit private companies from receiving city contracts if they ask their workers whether or not they have a criminal conviction on job applications, according to a report from KCRA 3 News in …

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NELP Argues Studies Critical of Ban the Box Reach Wrong Conclusion

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a policy brief – Racial Profiling in Hiring: A Critique of New “Ban the Box” Studies – critical of two studies that claim Ban the Box policies meant to help applicants with criminal records find work could do …

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Research Suggests Ban the Box Policies May Unintentionally Harm Minority Job Seekers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Research on Ban the Box (BTB) policies issued in July 2016 suggests that jurisdictions in the United States that adopted Ban the Box policies preventing employers from conducting criminal background checks until late in the hiring process to improve employment opportunities for job seekers with criminal …

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FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website.

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Ban the Box Movement May Reach Tipping Point But Could Also Inadvertently Do More Harm than Good in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The fast spreading Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from job applications and delays such inquiries until later in the hiring process is gaining national acceptance and may reach a tipping point in 2016. However, Ban the Box laws that go too far could …

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Ban the Box Toolkit from NELP Helps Advocates Start a Fair Chance Campaign

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Employment Law Project (NELP) – a national advocacy organization for employment rights of lower-wage workers – is offering a Ban the Box Toolkit to provide advocates with a step-by-step guide on how to launch a Fair Chance campaign in their city or state to ban …

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