2021Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 13, 2021, the City Council in DeSoto, Texas approved a “Ban the Box” hiring policy “to give everyone a fair chance at employment” by “removing the conviction history check-box from job applications. If employers must ask about convictions, they can ask later in the hiring process,” the North Dallas Gazette (NDG) reported.

“Ban the Box is a commonsense policy that aims to remove job barriers for people with records. DeSoto is joining hundreds of other cities and counties in implementing this policy to shift hiring practices so that we focus more on qualifications and less on something that happened in the past,” City Council Member Candice Quarles told NDG.

As of April 2021, 36 states and more than 150 cities and counties have Ban the Box laws so a job applicant’s qualifications may be viewed without the stigma of a criminal record, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP). In Texas, Austin, Dallas County, DeSoto, San Antonio, and Travis County passed Ban the Box laws.

Ban the Box laws and second chance programs that help allow ex-offenders with a prior criminal record an opportunity to find work will continue to evolve, according to leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), which compiled the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2021.

ESR founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Attorney Lester Rosen and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick will host a webinar titled “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2021” on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To register for the webinar, click here.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – which was ranked the #1 screening firm in 2020 by HRO Today – offers a white paper on “Ten Critical Steps for Ex-Offenders to Get Back into the Workforce,” an “ESR Ban the Box Resource Guide,” and a Ban the Box Resource Page. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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