Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …Continue reading "Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed two laws – An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform – and also filed a third separate bill, An Act Building on Criminal Justice Reform, …Continue reading "Massachusetts Amends Ban the Box Law Limiting Employer Inquiries into Criminal History of Applicants"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – which is responsible for enforcement of law and administration of justice in the United States – has released its latest Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems that “includes some disturbing facts on the currency and accuracy of records,” according to …Continue reading "DOJ Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories Shows Records Not Always Accurate and Complete"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2018, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina voted unanimously to join the “Ban the Box” movement by removing the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from county job applications effective immediately, according to a report by the Winston-Salem …Continue reading "Forsyth County in North Carolina Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance Employment Policy"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An Illinois man with a criminal record who realized ex-offenders face challenges to avoid going back to prison in a state where the rate of recidivism – the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend – is 43 percent started a program to help former inmates released to …Continue reading "Program Helps Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records Find Employment to Avoid Returning to Prison"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – has created an interactive Ban the Box Map to help employers better understand the current patchwork of Ban the Box laws in states, counties, and cities in America. The page is at www.esrcheck.com/Legislative-Compliance/Ban-the-Box/. “Ban the Box” …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Creates Interactive Ban the Box Map Showing Patchwork of Laws in United States"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 13, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) to extend “Ban the Box” legislation protections to applicants seeking jobs with both public and private employers in the state, according to a news release from the National Employment Law …Continue reading "State of Washington Enacts Ban the Box Law to Restrict Employers from Asking About Criminal History"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the unemployment rate in the United States at 4.1 percent, businesses that complain they cannot find workers are turning to an untapped and underutilized source of labor – inmates and ex-offenders consisting of the approximately 20 million Americans who have been convicted of a felony.Continue reading "Employers Looking for Workers Find Inmates and Ex-Offenders Can Make Good Employees"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the demand for workers rising in the United States – the December 2017 jobs report revealed the unemployment rate to be 4.1 percent – companies in America are being forced “to consider workers they once would have turned away” and to provide “opportunities to people who have …Continue reading "Rising Demand for Workers in U.S. Leads to More Job Opportunities for Applicants with Criminal Records"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …Continue reading "Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018"