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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area, has created an infographic for the San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance. This infographic is designed to help employers in the City and County of San Francisco better understand the Fair Chance Ordinance that took effect August 13, 2014. The San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Infographic is viewable at

The Fair Chance Ordinance requires employers in San Francisco City or County with 20 or more employees to follow strict rules regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring and employment decisions. ESR has also created a web page for the San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance that contains the infographic, as well as links to information and resources at

The infographic contains information about:

  • Employer Requirements and Impact of Ban the Box
  • Why Ban the Box? San Francisco Board of Supervisors Findings
  • What Employers “Must” Do and “Cannot” Do
  • Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) Enforcement & Penalties
  • Impact Beyond Banning the Box

Ban the Box refers to the box on job applications that applicants must check if they answer “Yes” to the question asking if they have past criminal records. Ban the Box asks U.S. cities, counties, and states to adopt fair hiring practices to reduce unfair barriers to employment for people with criminal records. Delaying the criminal history question until later in the hiring process can help reformed ex-offenders be judged first on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualifications to do the job.

The Ban the Box movement is rapidly spreading across the United States. According to a Ban the Box Guide from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), nearly 70 U.S. cities and counties have joined. Thirteen states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island – have also banned the box. More Ban the Box information from NELP is available at

“The Ban the Box movement is becoming a national standard that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” says Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). “Since Ban the Box removes criminal history questions from initial job applications, the best practice for employers is to not ask about a criminal record until after the interview. That means any ex-offender has the chance to advance to the interview stage of hiring fair and square based upon their qualifications and abilities.”

Founded by Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has achieved accreditation by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). ESR’s Service Organization Control SOC 2 Audit Report confirms the firm meets high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for data security, confidentiality, and privacy. To learn more about ESR, please visit, call Toll-Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].

More Ban the Box Information from ESR

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is offering a Ban the Box Information Page with links to the latest news and information about the Ban the Box movement. The page is available at To read more ESR News blogs about the Ban the Box movement, please visit


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