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When Banning One Kind of Discrimination Results in Another

As of December 2015, 24 states and the District of Columbia have required employers to ban the box in some form. This followed President Obama removing the box on federal government employment applications. But, according to new studies, the ban may be causing harm to those it seeks to help. By eliminating access to an […]


When Banning One Kind of Discrimination Results in Anothe

So-called ban-the-box policies—which prevent employers from asking about a candidate’s criminal history until later on in the hiring process—aim to help people that have been previously incarcerated to more easily enter the labor market. President Obama “banned the box” on federal-government employment applications last year, and as of December 2015, 24 states and the District of Columbia […]


Bethlehem, PA Waiting To Ask Job Seekers About Criminal Records

Come March 14, Bethlehem no longer will ask each job applicant up front about a criminal record.That information, however, will be divulged prior to hiring. By opting to wait, the city joins a national movement pushed by civil rights advocates to “ban the box.”Advocates argue that many applicants with criminal records are passed over without […]


Hiring policies: Ban the box adoption grows

Across the United States, approximately 100 cities and counties have adopted “ban the box” laws, making it illegal for an employer to request an applicant’s conviction history at an early stage in the hiring process. Further, 19 states have adopted ban the box policies for public employees: California (2013, 2010), Colorado (2012), Connecticut (2010), Delaware […]


Bill Would Prevent Employers from Asking About Arrests in Initial Job Applications

These days, a common question on job applications is whether you’ve ever been arrested. But a growing number of states, including Minnesota and Massachusetts, have adopted laws to remove questions about criminal history from initial job applications. Sponsors of a bill in Olympia hope to add Washington to that list. House Bill 2545 would prevent […]


“Ban the Box” and Beyond: San Francisco Joins Growing List of Jurisdictions Restricting Employment-Related Criminal Record Inquiries

San Francisco recently joined the ranks of “ban the box” jurisdictions that restrict the criminal record information a private employer can request. Others include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Hawaii, and the cities of Philadelphia, PA, Buffalo, NY, Newark, NJ and Seattle, WA. The San Francisco ordinance will become operative on August 13, 2014. It […]


City Manager Ron Carlee Decides to “Ban the Box”

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has officially “banned the box”. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs. Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process — in some departments after several rounds […]


‘Ban the Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration’s Objections

A Louisville Metro Council committee has approved a measure prohibiting the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until the job is offered. But members of Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration joined council Republicans to voice concerns about the bill and its additional burden on local businesses. Council Democrats and […]


‘Ban the Box’ Fair Hiring Policies Take Hold Around the Nation

Untitled Document San Francisco is again in the vanguard of the ban-the-box movement. This time it’s called the Fair Chance Ordinance, and instead of city jobs, the law requires private employers, city contractors, and some housing providers to consider applicants on their merits first, not on their past mistakes. If 2013 is any indication of […]


Joining Other States and Localities, Indianapolis “Bans the Box” for City Vendors and Further Restricts Criminal Background Inquiries

Mayor Gregory A. Ballard recently signed an ordinance that generally prohibits the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County (hereinafter, “City”) and its vendors from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history until after the applicant’s first interview. In addition to “banning the box,” the Ordinance further restricts the types of arrest and conviction records the […]




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