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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ban the Box laws that remove criminal history questions from job applications are spreading rapidly across the United States and fast becoming a national standard that will soon affect most employers. Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a complimentary webinar titled Ban the Box – What Employers Need to Know on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, please visit

“Ban the Box will soon affect most types and sizes of employers,” says Rosen, author of The Safe Hiring Manual, the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “We are near a tipping point with Ban the Box and employers should adjust to these new laws and move forward.”

In addition to removing criminal history questions from job applications, Ban the Box seeks to delay inquiries into and use of the criminal records of job applicants until later in the hiring process so candidates are judged fairly on their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position in question. In the hour long webinar, Rosen will explain certain aspects of the Ban the Box movement including:

  • What is Ban the Box and what is not Ban the Box.
  • What cities and states currently have Ban the Box laws.
  • How statistics show approximately 70 million Americans – around one in four U.S. adults – have criminal records.
  • How Ban the Box relates to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforcement guidance on criminal records.
  • How Ban the Box and the EEOC have changed the way America hires workers.

As Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a background check firm located in the San Francisco, CA-area, Rosen will also focus on the Fair Chance Ordinance that took effect August 13, 2014 to Ban the Box for private employers in the City and County of San Francisco. Rosen created a San Francisco Ban the Box Infographic to help employers in San Francisco better understand the Fair Chance Ordinance. The Infographic is available on the Ban the Box Information Page on the ESR website at

Last year Rosen selected the Ban the Box movement as the number one trend for the annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014’ that featured a list of emerging and influential trends in the background screening industry. He is a frequent speaker on issues involving background checks such as Ban the Box for the “ESR Speaks” program and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He is also an experienced criminal law trial attorney who has testified in court as an expert witness on issues involving due diligence.

According to research from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), approximately 70 U.S. cities and counties have passed Ban the Box legislation. Major U.S. cities with Ban the Box laws include: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. In addition, 13 states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island – have Ban the Box restrictions in place.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – “The Background Check Authority®” – is a nationwide background screening company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) that offers proprietary screening technology with FCRA and state law compliance built into the software. ESR’s SOC 2 Audit Report confirms the company meets high standards for protecting the security, confidentiality, and privacy of consumer data. To learn more, call Toll Free 888.999.4474 or visit


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