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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Fort Myers, Florida plans to “Ban the Box” and remove a question on the city’s employment application that asks job seekers applying for city government jobs if they have ever been convicted of a crime, according to a report from NBC 2 in Fort Myers, FL and Cape Coral, FL.

NBC 2 reports that the Fort Myers Human Resources Department is working with the City Attorney’s Office to draft a Ban the Box policy. No applicant is judged by on the box now and all are judged on a case by case situation after a background check since every city job has different requirements.

“Ban the Box” aims to persuade employers to remove the check box that asks job applicants if they have a past criminal conviction. By removing the box, the criminal history question is delayed until after ex-offenders have a chance to display their knowledge, skills, and abilities for a position.

The Ban the Box movement is rapidly spreading throughout the United States. According to research from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), more than 100 cities and counties as well as 18 states have adopted some form of Ban the Box legislation.

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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – “The Background Check Authority®” – offers employers a complimentary Ban the Box Information Page with links to news, resources, and legislation about the Ban the Box movement at

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