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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The City of Sacramento, California is considering a law that may “Ban the Box” and prohibit private companies from receiving city contracts if they ask their workers whether or not they have a criminal conviction on job applications, according to a report from KCRA 3 News in Sacramento.

KCRA 3 News reports that under the Ban the Box proposal, the city of Sacramento will not accept contractors who ask applicants about criminal history on the initial application and – in an action that could mean some projects cost taxpayers more money – move on to the next lowest bidder.

KCRA 3 News reports that the State of California has passed a “Ban the Box” law preventing public sector employers from asking about criminal convictions on job applications in 2014. Advocates say Ban the Box gives ex-offenders a better chance at employment and staying out of jail or prison.

However, business groups say the city Ban the Box ordinance does not specify when businesses can ask about criminal history and that the proposal could open businesses and the city up to risk and liability, as well as interfere with how private employers make hiring decisions, KCRA 3 News reports.

The Ban the Box issue in Sacramento will be voted on in early September 2016. The complete report from KCRA 3 News is available on the website at

According to NELP, the Ban the Box movement is spreading fast with 24 states and more than 100 cities and counties passing Ban the Box laws for the estimated 70 million people in the United States with a prior arrest or conviction record. Learn more at

More Ban the Box Information from ESR

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions – offers a Ban the Box Information Page with news, resources, and legislation about the Ban the Box movement that is available at

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