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Ban the Box Takes Effect in Rochester NY

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Ban the Box law in Rochester, New York – Chapter 63, Article II of the City of Rochester Municipal Code – took effect November 18, 2014 and “prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal convictions of job applicants on a job application form or during the initial application process and prior to the end of the first interview,” according to a Ban the Box Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page available at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589961788. Continue reading

City of St. Louis Decides to Ban the Box

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Effective immediately, the City of St. Louis will Ban the Box on job applications for employment with the City so they will no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor Francis Slay available at http://themissouritimes.com/14275/press-release-city-st-louis-bans-box-job-applications/. Continue reading

Atlanta City Council Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Atlanta City Council has passed a Ban the Box ordinance – named for the box on applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – to eliminate discrimination against City of Atlanta job applicants who are ex-offenders. A report from AtlantaDailyWorld.com about the Ban the Box ordinance is at http://atlantadailyworld.com/2014/10/06/atlanta-city-council-approves-ban-the-box-legislation. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Creates San Francisco Ban the Box Infographic

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area, has created an infographic for the San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance. This infographic is designed to help employers in the City and County of San Francisco better understand the Fair Chance Ordinance that took effect August 13, 2014. The San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Infographic is viewable at http://www.esrcheck.com/San-Francisco-Ban-the-Box-Ordinance/BTB2/. Continue reading

Study Links Ban the Box Laws to Public Safety

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A ‘first of its kind’ study published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice has linked the Ban the Box legislation that removes the criminal history question from job applications to improved public safety. More information about the study ‘The Effect of Hawaii’s Ban the Box Law on Repeat Offending’ is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-014-9251-9. Continue reading

Ban the Box Becoming National Trend Says Safe Hiring Expert

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement that removes criminal history questions from initial job applications is becoming a national trend “that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” according to Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen’s comments are featured in an article originally published in Business News Daily and now available online at http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6969-criminal-history-job-applications.html. Continue reading

Baltimore Mayor Signs Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a signed a Ban the Box bill to make private employers in the city remove a box from job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record, according to a report from WJZ-TV CBS 13 on CBSBaltimore.com. The full story about the signing of the bill, which takes effect 90 days after adoption, is available at http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/05/29/rawlings-blake-signs-ban-the-box-bill/. Continue reading

Delaware Latest State to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban the BoxDelaware Governor Jack Markell has signed Ban the Box legislation – House Bill 167 – that will prohibit public employers in the state from inquiring into criminal records of job applicants before their first interview by “banning the box” that asks job candidates to check if they have a criminal record. The full text of House Bill 167 is at http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+167/$file/legis.html?open. Continue reading

Baltimore City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Ban The BoxThe City Council of Baltimore, Maryland has passed Ban the Box legislation that will bar employers in the city with ten or more workers from asking job seekers about their criminal record history on job applications and make them wait until a conditional job offer has been extended, according to a Baltimore Sun news report. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the bill which will go into effect 90 days after adoption. The full story is available at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-council-20140428%2C0%2C2777891.story. Continue reading

Louisville Latest City to Ban the Box

Written By Thomas Ahearn

homepage-checkThe Louisville (KY) Metro Council has voted in favor of a new “Ban the Box” law removing the question about criminal records from job applications for the city and many of its vendors, according to a press release from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). This follows similar Ban the Box legislation in Baltimore, MD, Charlotte, NC, Indianapolis, IN, and San Francisco, CA that give qualified job applicants with past convictions a fair chance at employment opportunities. The NELP press release is available at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/Press%20Releases/2014/PR-Louisville-Ban-the-Box.pdf?nocdn=1. Continue reading