Fort Myers FL to Ban the Box on City Job Applications

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 …

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Ban the Box Demonstration Planned for White House

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Advocates, civil rights leaders, clergy, and impacted individuals will hold a demonstration at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to “Ban the Box” and implement fair hiring practices for federal jobs, …

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City of Wichita Joins Ban the Box Movement

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The city of Wichita, Kansas has joined the Ban the Box movement by implementing a new program called the Fair Chance Initiative where public sector job applications will no longer ask candidates to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a report …

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New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The New York City Council has passed a “Ban the Box” bill – Introduction 318-A – Fair Chance Act – that will prevent many private sector employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record until after a conditional job offer …

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Congress Urges President Obama to Ban the Box

  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 …

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Ban the Box Comes to Ohio Starting June 1

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 …

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Oregon House Votes to Ban the Box

  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 …

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Top US Employer Adopts Ban the Box

  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 …

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Vermont Implements Ban the Box Hiring Policy

  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.

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Apple Bans Construction Workers with Criminal Records from Building New Campus

  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 …

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