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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Macon-Bibb County (Georgia) Commission has voted 6-3 to Ban the Box and remove any questions that ask about criminal records of applicants from county job applications, according to a report from 13WMAZ in Central Georgia.

13WMAZ reports that under the new Ban the Box ordinance Macon-Bibb County would still perform background checks on applicants looking to work for the county but give “them an opportunity to land an interview and explain their record in person.”

The county attorney will now draft a Ban the Box ordinance to remove the criminal history questions and applicants will no longer have to explain their criminal history on Macon-Bibb County job applications, 13WMAZ reports.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission will then have to approve the Ban the Box ordinance before it takes effect, 13WMAZ reports. The full story from 13WMAZ is available at

Macon-Bibb County joins the growing Ban the Box movement that is rapidly spreading across the United States. According to a report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), Ban the Box reforms exist in nearly 100 cities and counties as well as 13 states in America.

Ban the Box topped the list of Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015 selected by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). The complete list of trends is available at

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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – offers a Ban the Box Information Page with links to news and resources about the Ban the Box movement. For more information about Ban the Box, please visit


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