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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Atlanta City Council has passed a Ban the Box ordinance – named for the box on applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – to eliminate discrimination against City of Atlanta job applicants who are ex-offenders. A report from about the Ban the Box ordinance is at reports while applicants are not required to reveal criminal histories on current City of Atlanta job applications, the Ban the Box legislation “officially makes it city policy except when state and/or federal laws require criminal background investigations for certain positions, including positions that involve work with children, positions in law enforcement, and other sensitive positions.”

Sponsored by Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, the Atlanta Ban the Box Ordinance was developed as part of “a national movement with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for individuals with prior criminal convictions by removing the question regarding prior criminal history from employment applications,” reports.

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 as well as 13 states have passed Ban the Box legislation. More information about Ban the Box from NELP is available at

“Ban the Box is becoming a national standard that will soon affect all employers,” says Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). “Ban the Box removes criminal history questions from job applications so the best practice for employers is to not ask about a criminal record until after the interview to give ex-offender a chance to advance based upon their abilities.”


Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) offers a Ban the Box web page with links to the latest news and information about the Ban the Box movement at To read more Ban the Box blogs from ESR News, visit To learn about ESR, call Toll Free 888.999.4474 or visit