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Virginia Becomes The Latest State To 'Ban The Box'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order Friday banning the state from asking about prospective employees' criminal histories at th...

Georgia Governor Signs 'Ban The Box' Order Helping Ex-Offenders Get Jobs

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed an executive order Monday banning the state from requiring job seekers to disclose their criminal histories in the...

5 New Regulations That Will Impact Your Small Business in 2015

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

You have to follow many regulations as a small business owner--many of which apply to your employees. There are at least twenty state and federal laws applicable to small businesses that employ fifteen or fewer employees.

Why "Ban the Box" Is Not Enough

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.05.2014 | Crime
Mark Olmsted

Admittedly, I'm not typical. Very few college graduates end up in prison in the first place -- the reason I detailed my particular history was to show how it could have happened to someone like me.

Has 'Orange Is the New Black' Made Post-Convict Life Easier for Prisoners?

Bustle | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment

The series' nuanced, fair portrayal of female inmates has been hailed as its greatest strength, and as the series gains in popularity, more and more people are beginning to understand that, more often than not, a person's crime is not their defining characteristic.

The Growing "Ban the Box" Movement; Hiring With Eyes Wide Shut

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

"Ban the Box" is a national civil rights movement fostered by advocates for job candidates with criminal convictions.

Ban the Box: What's Next? Ban the Job Application?

Ira Wolfe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

While Ban the Box at first seemed to me like just more social activist and civil liberties intrusion into my life as a business owner, the discussion opened my eyes to an even bigger hurdle standing in the way of improving employee screening and selection.

'Ban the Box' Fair Hiring Policies Take Hold Around the Nation

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

Stable employment is a significant factor in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Yet, research shows that having a criminal record reduces job callbacks by 50 percent.

City Law Will Shield Ex-Offender Applicants' Criminal History

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime

With recidivism rates in California among the highest in the nation, San Francisco officials hope a law aimed at curtailing housing and workplace bias...

'Ban the Box' Goes Too Far... and Not Far Enough

Eli Lehrer | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

All over the country, towns, cities and even states have begun a move towards policies that "ban the box" and forbid employers from asking individuals about previous criminal convictions. It's a decent idea on the surface, but on analysis, it goes both too far and not far enough.

A Job Can Help Stop Prison's Revolving Door

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

In California and around the country, the applications of otherwise qualified candidates are summarily tossed into the trash bin because of the box that requires applicants to disclose any prior offenses, even for arrests that are very old or minor.

Robin Wilkey

California City Makes Landmark Move For Former Inmates On Job Hunt | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

Officials in Richmond, Calif., have approved an ordinance that forbids employers from requiring applicants to reveal their criminal histories at any p...

Saki Knafo

Discrimination Against Felons Adds Billions To Ballooning Food Stamps Cost: Expert | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

By refusing to hire people who have been convicted of crimes, employers may be adding billions of dollars to the total cost of the country's balloonin...

Saki Knafo

State Measure Would Help Disadvantaged Group Get Jobs | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

A few hours before the cops clapped handcuffs on him, James Cannon, a student at the University of Minnesota, was feeling better than ever about his p...

New Laws Aim To Help People Get Jobs After Getting Arrested

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Brett Myers/Youth Radio By: Ashley Williams Seventeen year-old Andrew is filling out a job application for a Jamba Juice in Oakland, C...

Ban the Box in Newark

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Ashley Williams According to the National Employment Law Center (NELP), about 65 million -- or one in four -- adults in this country have a crimi...

DC Council Chair Scuttles Critical Effort to Employ Ex-Offenders

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.06.2012 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If America is the land of opportunity, then people -- all people -- must be given a second chance to pursue their dreams after they have served their sentence.

Want Real Safety? Try Jobs and Housing

Toshio Meronek | Posted 09.18.2012 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

In 2004, San Francisco banned the question "Have you ever been convicted by a court?" and its accompanying check box from government job applications. Now, a growing number of people are pushing for an expansion of these "Ban the Box."

Detroit City Council Passes 'Ban The Box' Ordinance For City Vendors, Contractors

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 11.22.2011 | Detroit

The Detroit City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to adopt a "ban the box" ordinance that removes a question asking about an applicant's prio...