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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 […]

Tommy Wells’ ‘Ban the Box’ Bill Gets Strong Support

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells introduced “ban-the-box” legislation that would bar employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal records, a practice he says hinders employment opportunities for returning citizens. “The bill would only allow employers to ask about an applicant’s record of conviction once a conditional offer of employment has been extended,” he said. “The […]

Nationwide Efforts to “Ban the Box”

50 municipalities and 9 states have removed questions about criminal record from job applications, opting to ask later in interview process; a sign that the nationwide movement to reduce unfair barriers to employment for people with criminal records is gaining momentum. The commonsense ban-the-box policy postpones criminal history inquiries until later in the hiring process […]

Employment Applications and Background Checks – Are You Compliant With Ever-changing Laws?

As laws continue to change, employers must ensure the employment applications and background checking processes and procedures they use are up-to-date and compliant. Currently, many employment applications ask about an applicant’s criminal history and the answers are taken into account during hiring decisions. However, a few states and cities around the country have enacted “ban […]

The Truth Behind “Ban the Box”!

At its most basic, “Ban the Box” means removing the “box” on any application that asks whether the person has a prior criminal history. In removing this box, it is believed that the possibility of immediate discrimination towards those with a past criminal record would be eliminated. It is also thought that by banning this […]

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