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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Virginia Criminal Records Database Used for Background Checks Missing More than 750,000 Cases

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Virginia State Crime Commission staff members “made a stunning discovery” while reviewing the state’s Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE), finding that 750,000 records used for background checks were not in the system maintained by the Virginia State Police, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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New Orleans City Council Passes Ban the Box Ordinance that will take Effect in March 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn October 18, 2018, the New Orleans City Council (NOLA) passed a Ban the Box ordinance which will prohibit the City and City contractors from asking about the criminal history of potential employees on initial job applications. The legislation takes effect on March 1, 2019, according to a …

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Michigan Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive instructing all state departments and agencies to “Ban the Box” and remove the felony question box that precedes job applications on NEOGOV – the website where residents can apply for state employment – and replace …

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Amended Massachusetts Ban the Box Law Takes Effect October 13

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform (Senate Bill S.2371) to amend the state’s “Ban the Box” law and further restrict the ability of employers to consider the criminal history of job applicants during the hiring process. The Act …

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Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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Ban the Box Law Takes Effect in the State of Washington on June 7

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 7, 2018, the Washington Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) will take effect and extend “Ban the Box” protections to job applicants with criminal records who are seeking employment with both public and private employers in the state by adding a new chapter to Title 49 …

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