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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 […]


Baltimore Becomes the 10th Jurisdiction to “Ban the Box”

On May 15, 2014, the City of Baltimore, Maryland, became the tenth U.S. jurisdiction to “ban the box”. Although Baltimore city council members tout the new ordinance as the most progressive law banning the box in the U.S., the ordinance is closer to the middle of the pack. This may be a relief to employers […]


Nebraska Joins Growing Number of States to Pass “Ban the Box”

Nebraska recently became the 11th state to pass “Ban the Box,” a law that removes questions about criminal records on state job applications. Enacted on April 17th, the law requires that questions regarding criminal records be postponed until after an applicant’s qualifications are first screened. The purpose of this measure is to give individuals with […]


Ban the Box: Nebraska Removes Criminal History Questions From Job Application

The State of Nebraska became the 11th state in the country last week to remove questions about an applicant’s criminal record from employment applications; a big victory for previously incarcerated persons seeking a second. Now that the law known as Ban The Box is going into effect in July, Riley is hopeful it will make […]


‘Ban the Box’ on its Way to Delaware Governor’s Desk

‘Ban the Box,’ the name of a measure that would prohibit most public agencies in Delaware from requiring job applicants to disclose their criminal history during the early steps of the hiring process passed the Delaware Senate. Gov. Jack Markell mentioned the effort, which passed 15-5, during his State of the State speech earlier this […]


Madison Taking Steps to ‘Ban the Box’ About Criminal History on Job Applications

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Ald. Maurice Cheeks introduce a resolution that would direct the city human resources director and the city attorney to come up with recommendations for eliminating questions regarding prior criminal convictions from city applications. Those issues would come up later in the hiring process, most likely after a candidate’s qualifications have […]


Rochester Considers Whether to ‘Ban the Box’

“Check ‘yes’ if ever been convicted of a felony.” That one box on job applications was the center of some heated conversations at City Hall. Called “Ban the Box,” the legislation would take away an employer’s right to ask if a person is a convicted felon on job applications. Submitted by Councilman Adam McFadden, the […]


New Jersey Legislature Introduces “Ban the Box” Bill

The New Jersey Legislature recently introduced the Opportunity to Compete Act that would impose significant restrictions on criminal background checks in connection with the hiring process. The law would prohibit employers from making inquiries into a candidate’s criminal history during the application process and would restrict inquiries concerning a candidate’s criminal history until after a […]


San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors “Bans The Box” and Further Complicates Criminal History Checks by the City’s Employers

The San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is ready to “ban the box,” the widely used criminal history check box on employment applications. This would make San Francisco the ninth jurisdiction to enact the legislation. In addition, the new San Francisco legislation imposes a host of additional new restrictions on the use of criminal history for […]




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