Richland County SC Approves Ban the Box Rule to Drop Criminal History Question from Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 4, 2019, Richland County in South Carolina approved a “Ban the Box” rule to “drop the question about criminal convictions from job applications” and “will no longer ask future job applicants if they have a criminal history, joining a national movement meant to give those …

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Report Finds District of Columbia Employers Paid Nearly $500,000 Under Ban the Box Law Since 2014

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In May 2019, the District of Columbia (D.C.) Office of Human Rights (OHR) released a report on its “Ban the Box” law that was enacted in 2014 entitled “The District of Columbia Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014: The Work and Enforcement by the DC …

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Colorado Governor Signs Ban the Box Bill to Limit Inquiries about Criminal History of Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a “Ban the Box” bill into law – House Bill (HB) 19-1025 – that will place limits on the inquiries that employers in the state can make about the criminal history of job applicants, according to the Governor’s …

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Background Check Expert Explains How “Instant Clears” of Criminal Record Searches Can Be Problematic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In his article “What Employers Need to Know About ‘Instant Clears,’” background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of global screening firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), explains how a new and innovative method designed to more quickly deliver a criminal record …

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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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