Written By Thomas Ahearn
The 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.
According to NELP, Ban the Box ordinances do not ban background checks but tell employers to postpone them until later in the hiring process so job applicants can be reviewed on their qualifications first. Ban the Box legislation “seeks to mitigate the stigma of a conviction that makes it so difficult even for highly qualified job-seekers to be fairly considered for work.” A Ban the Box Resource Guide from NELP reports the movement is growing with nearly 60 cities and counties and ten states having joined. The NELP report is at http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/CityandCountyHiringInitiatives.pdf?nocdn=1.
Ban the Box was chosen as the number one trend for 2014 by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 7th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends.’ Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ believes the movement is “quickly heading towards becoming a national standard and will be a hot issue for employers in 2014.” A list of top ten background check trends is at http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. To learn more, visit http://www.esrcheck.com, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].
About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):
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The Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including “Ban the Box,” credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].