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Congress Urges President Obama to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

More than 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to “Ban the Box” on job applications and adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy at the federal level, according to a press release on the website of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), one of the co-leaders of this Ban the Box effort. Continue reading

Ban the Box Comes to Ohio Starting June 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Beginning on June 1, 2015, Ohio will “Ban the Box” and remove the box that applicants are asked to check on state civil service job applications if they have past criminal convictions, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP) on the Cincinnati.com website (UUPDATE: Kasich Signs Ban the Box into Law). Continue reading

Oregon House Votes to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The state of Oregon House of Representative has voted 33-27 to “Ban the Box” and pass House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) which would bar employers from including a box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, according to a press release on OregonLegislature.com. Continue reading

Top US Employer Adopts Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

One of the largest employers in the United States has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy as Koch Industries, Inc. announced that criminal history questions about job applicants will be removed from applications for positions with the company, according to a news release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Continue reading

Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Executive Order NO. 03-15 to implement a ‘Ban the Box’ state hiring policy that removes questions about criminal records from the first part of job applications for state employment, according to a report at http://governor.vermont.gov/node/2326. Continue reading

Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several construction workers hired to help build a new campus in Cupertino, California for tech giant Apple were let go from their jobs in January because of prior felony criminal convictions, according to a report from The San Francisco Chronicle. (UPDATE: An Apple spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News the company has lifted the requirement that people convicted of felonies in the past seven years could not work on the Cupertino construction project. Read the full story at ‘Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for construction work’.) Continue reading

Georgia Latest State to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an Executive Order that will make Georgia the 14th state to Ban the Box. Job applicants will no longer be required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications for state jobs. A copy of the Executive Order is available at https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/02.23.15.03.pdf. Continue reading

Macon-Bibb County GA Votes to Ban the Box

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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

Tallahassee FL Votes to Ban the Box

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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

Report Makes Case for Federal Ban the Box Initiative

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 Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A January 2015 report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) – ‘Advancing a Federal Fair Chance Hiring Agenda: Background Check Reforms in Over 100 Cities, Counties & States Pave the Way for Presidential Action’ – makes the case for a federal Ban the Box initiative to ensure federal agencies and federal contractors create job opportunities for qualified people with criminal records. The report is available for download at http://www.nelp.org/page/content/Federal-Fair-Chance-Hiring-Agenda/. Continue reading