DeSoto TX Approves “Ban the Box” Policy to Ensure Fair Chance at Employment

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 …

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Illinois Amends “Ban the Box” Law to Help Job Applicants with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed “The Employee Background Fairness Act” (Senate Bill 1480) into law to add a new section to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that will impact employers under the state’s “Ban the Box” law and prevent them from discriminating …

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Workforce Justice Act Encourages States to “Ban the Box” on Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 3, 2021, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California-43rd District) and Congressman David Trone (Maryland-6th District) introduced the “Workforce Justice Act of 2021” to encourage states to “Ban the Box” on job applications for public and private companies so ex-offenders have a greater chance to gain employment. “This …

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Illinois Amendment to “Ban the Box” Law Would Impact Employers in their Use of Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2021, the Illinois legislature passed Senate Bill 1480 (SB 1480) to amend the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that would impact employers under the state’s “Ban the Box” law that prevents employers from asking job applicants about criminal histories on applications. The bill was sent …

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Second Chance Programs in Memphis TN Help Ex-Offenders Find Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2021, the City of Memphis, Tennessee, announced a partnership with grocery store chain Kroger to provide job opportunities to ex-offenders with prior criminal records who graduate from second chance programs to help reduce the rate of recidivism, according to a news report from FOX13 in …

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Lakeland FL Implements Ban the Box to Remove Criminal Record Questions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 28, 2021, the City of Lakeland, Florida, announced the implementation of a “Ban the Box” process to remove questions about prior criminal records of job applicants from applications, and the new process took full effect on February 1, 2021, according to a news post on …

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Philadelphia PA Amends Criminal Record Screening and Credit Ban Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 20, 2021, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed three bills – Bill No. 200413, Bill No. 200479, and Bill No. 200614 – that amended Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards (FCRSS) and credit ban ordinances to expand coverage, eliminate exceptions, and change certain required procedures. Bill …

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“Ban the Box” Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Will Continue to Evolve

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) “Ban the Box” laws and Second Chance Programs that help allow ex-offenders in the United States with a prior criminal record – an estimated 70 million people or nearly one in three U.S. adults – an opportunity to find work after leaving prison will continue to evolve, according to …

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City of St. Louis MO “Ban the Box” Ordinance Takes Effect January 1, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2021, a “Ban the Box” law passed by the City of St. Louis, Missouri – Ordinance 71074 – will take effect for employers in St. Louis with ten or more employees to prohibit them from basing job hiring or promotion decisions on the criminal …

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Montgomery County MD Enacts Bill to Expand Scope of “Ban the Box” Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 10, 2020, the Montgomery County Council in Maryland unanimously enacted Bill 35-20, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards – Amendments to expand the scope of a “Ban the Box” law the County passed in 2014, according to a press release …

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