2020Ban the Box
Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 13, 2020, the Aiken City Council voted unanimously to pass a “Ban the Box” resolution that would remove the check box on employment applications for city government jobs that asks about a job applicant’s criminal history to help ex-offenders find work, according to a report from the Aiken Standard in Aiken, South Carolina.

The “Ban the Box” resolution that will change the hiring process for city government jobs in Aiken “still calls for a background check that includes criminal history, but this is done later in the application process, usually after a conditional offer is made to an applicant with the potential employer,” the Aiken Standard reported.

“This protects the employer from negligent hiring and to make sure they are picking the right candidate for the right job,” Eugene White, the president of the Aiken County NAACP branch who presented the proposal to the council, told the Aiken Standard. “The applicant has the opportunity to explain any criminal history.”

The Ban the Box movement advances employment opportunities for people with prior criminal records by eliminating the criminal history question on job applications. As of July 2020, 35 U.S. states and more than 150 cities and counties have passed Ban the Box laws, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

Ban the Box laws and second chance programs that give job applicants with a prior criminal record a chance to find work are spreading rapidly in the U.S., according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 that was compiled by leading global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR).

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) offers a complimentary white paper titled “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce” and also a Ban the Box Resource Page that contains an interactive map updated with the latest Ban the Box laws. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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