Beginning on August 13, 2014, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) – also called the Ban the Box Ordinance – required San Francisco City or County employers with 20 or more employees to follow strict rules regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring and employment decisions. Now a new San Francisco Ban the Box Infographic from a Bay Area background check firm offers detailed information on the Fair Chance Ordinance in a highly readable manner.
“Ban the Box” refers to the box on job applications that applicants must check if they answer “Yes” to the question asking if they have past criminal records. Ban the Box legislation such as the Fair Chance Ordinance seeks fair hiring practices to reduce unfair barriers to employment for people with criminal records. By delaying the criminal history question until later in the hiring process, ex-offenders may be judged first on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualifications to do the job.
The Ban the Box movement is rapidly spreading across the United States. According to a Ban the Box Guide from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), nearly 70 U.S. cities and counties have passed Ban the Box legislation along with San Francisco. Thirteen states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island – have also banned the box.
To help employers in the City and County of San Francisco quickly and easily understand the Fair Chance Ordinance, Bay Area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) created the San Francisco Ban the Box Infographic detailing the requirements and impact of the new Ordinance. The infographic is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/San-Francisco-Ban-the-Box-Ordinance/BTB2/ and contains valuable information about:
- Why Ban the Box? San Francisco Board of Supervisors Findings
- What Employers “Must” Do
- What Employers “Cannot” Do
- Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) Enforcement & Penalties
- Impact Beyond Banning the Box
“The Ban the Box movement is becoming a national standard that will soon affect all types and sizes of employers,” says Attorney Lester Rosen, ESR founder and CEO and author of The Safe Hiring Manual. “Since Ban the Box removes criminal history questions from initial job applications, the best practice for employers is to not ask about a criminal record until after the interview. That means any ex-offender has the chance to advance to the interview stage of hiring fair and square based upon their qualifications and abilities.”
Founded in 1997 by Rosen, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a nationwide background check firm located in Novato, California. ESR has achieved accreditation by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and ESR’s Service Organization Control SOC 2 Audit Report confirms the firm meets high standards for data security, confidentiality, and privacy. To learn more about ESR, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/.