New Mexico Passes Ban the Box Measure for Private Employers in State

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 96 (SB 96), the “Criminal Offender Employment Act” which is a measure that will “Ban the Box” by prohibiting private employers in the state from inquiring about a job applicant’s arrest or conviction history …

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New Bern NC Enacts Ban the Box Resolution to Support Fair Hiring Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2019, the City of New Bern, North Carolina officially enacted a resolution to “Ban the Box” and remove the checkbox on city job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record in order to support fair hiring practices that will take …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases Guide to California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Ban the Box Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California area – has released a complimentary white paper entitled “A Guide to Following California, Los Angeles & San Francisco Fair Chance Hiring and Ban the Box Laws” to help employers …

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Ban the Box Research Finds Job Applications Without Criminal History Question Help with Hiring of Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A study of “Ban the Box” laws found removing the criminal history question from job applications helps to increase the hiring of ex-offenders with conviction records and to ease their re-entry into the workforce after being released from prison, according to research from Case Western Reserve University.

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New Orleans Ban the Box Ordinance Designed to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Takes Effect on March 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 1, 2019, a “Ban the Box” ordinance takes effect in New Orleans, Louisiana and will prohibit the City and City contractors from asking about the criminal history of potential employees on initial job applications, according to a press release from the New Orleans City Council.

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Report Finds Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Had Family Member Incarcerated in Jail or Prison

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A report based on research conducted by FWD.us and Cornell University on how incarceration affects American families revealed that nearly half of all adults living in the United States – 45 percent or approximately 113 million people – have had an immediate family member either formerly or …

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Westchester County in New York Approves Ban the Box Measure to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2018, the Westchester County Board of Legislators in New York approved a “Ban the Box” measure to ensure that ex-offenders with past criminal records have an opportunity to explain their circumstances when they are looking for work, according to a news story on the Board’s website.

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Clean Slate Campaign Launched to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records for Reformed Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2018, the Center for American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans – announced the launching of a national bipartisan Clean Slate Campaign to automate the clearing of criminal records for reformed ex-offenders.

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Many Universities Still Ask Student Applicants about Criminal History despite Growth of Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Despite the rapid growth of “Ban the Box” laws in America that remove questions about criminal history from job applications to help ex-offenders find work, many U.S. universities continue to ask student applicants about their criminal history as “a necessary security precaution,” according to a report from …

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Amendment 4 Approved by Florida Voters to Restore Voting Rights of Over One Million Ex-Offenders

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 …

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