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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Hawaii Amends Ban the Box Law to Strengthen Protections for Ex-Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 15, 2020, Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige signed Senate Bill 2193 (SB 2193) into law to amend the state’s original “Ban the Box” law passed in 1998 – the first of its kind in the United States – to strengthen protections for ex-offenders by reducing …

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North Carolina Governor Signs “Ban the Box” Order for State Agency Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 18, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 158 to implement fair chance and “Ban the Box” policies at state agencies to increase job opportunities for ex-offenders with criminal records that will take effect immediately and be implemented by November 1, 2020, according …

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Shelby County TN Votes to “Ban the Box” on Applications for Government Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 27, 2020, the Shelby County Commission voted unanimously to “Ban the Box” on job applications that asks applicants who are ex-offenders about their arrest or conviction histories when applying for jobs with the government in Shelby County, Tennessee, according to a report from the Memphis …

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Aiken SC Approves Ban the Box Resolution for City Employment Applications

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 …

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