2019Ban the Box
Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Oakland County in Michigan has adopted a “Ban the Box” policy on job applications that will take effect by August 1, 2019, and “will ensure that the county considers a job applicant’s qualifications before considering their arrest or conviction records,” according to a report from the Oakland County Times.

The Oakland County Times reports that policy “will remove ‘the box’ that asks job applicants about their arrest or conviction records from Oakland County job applications so that a job applicant’s qualifications are considered first.” The policy also urges private employers and county contractors to Ban the Box.

Oakland County “will determine which jobs warrant a background check or are required by law and will conduct background checks for these positions only” and “will not consider the criminal conviction of an applicant for employment until the applicant is being interviewed or is otherwise qualified for employment,” The Times reports.

“Ban the Box” is a growing nationwide movement that seeks to advance job opportunities for people with prior criminal convictions by eliminating any inquiry into the criminal history of candidates on job applications, specifically the checkbox that requires candidates to disclose their criminal history.

As of July 2019, more than 150 cities and counties, as well as 34 states, have passed Ban the Box laws. Michigan joined the Ban the Box movement in 2018 when Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive instructing all state departments and agencies to Ban the Box starting in October of that year.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) also offers a complimentary white paper entitled “Ban the Box Now More than the Exception for Employers when Screening” and the “ESR Ban the Box Resource Guide for States, Counties & Cities” to help employers understand their responsibilities with Ban the Box laws.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – offers employers a Ban the Box Resource Page the contains complimentary white papers, infographics, and an interactive map updated with Ban the Box laws at www.esrcheck.com/Legislative-Compliance/Ban-the-Box/.

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