Skip to comments.Council passes 'Ban the Box' legislation
Posted on 04/29/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT by MNDudeEdited on 04/29/2014 9:37:57 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Controversial legislation intended to help ex-convicts find jobs is headed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for her expected signature after the City Council gave the measure final approval Monday.
The "Ban the Box" bill will force Baltimore employers to wait to ask about a job candidate's criminal history until a conditional offer has been extended. The bill passed despite an intense lobbying effort from business leaders, who said they should have the right to vet prospective employees early in the process.
(Excerpt) Read more at articles.baltimoresun.com ...
Are they going to forbid a prospective employer from doing an internet search of the applicant’s name?
Yeah, that'll work.
I see a lawsuit in Baltimore’s future.
Special exemption for the hiring of clerical and other staff for the City Council coming soon!
Amnesty, the Obama administration planning to release prisoners and jobs already difficult to find for average citizens—I guess it’s intended to overwhelm the system.
Hire a felon and get your liability insurance policy cancelled.
Seems like it is only going to make businesses interview people they will never hire.
Make job offer.
Seems it would be easy for any employer to defeat by only hiring from an employment agency outside the city.
This will require: (1) lifetime employment history, (2) conditional job offer only if an Internet search for criminal convictions comes up empty and there are no employment gaps of over 30 days, (3) ask about criminal history, and (4) rescind job offer not for being a felon but for lying on the application. No problem, except that those with extended unemployment lose too.
Our culture of using criminal background checks to exclude people from employment, not just in what used to be called "positions of trust", but in toto creates government dependence and guarantees recidivism. The notion that once one served one's sentence, one had "paid one's debt to society" was one of the boundary markers our ancestors put in place. Removing it is not conservative.
This brings up a very good question: How long should a person be punished for a crime?
Given the exception of security and trustworthiness of many occupational fields, there must be (given the law of averages) some ex-convicts that are truly trying to make an honest living in society after incarceration.
Should a person who has served their time (incarceration + parole, etc.) be punished for the rest of their natural life without the prospect of a rewarding career? Or should they be relegated to the stereo-typical jobs of Harley mechanic?
Make job offer.
Make job offer.
Hire lawyers to handle lawsuit.
Terminate all employees.
well, then they should ban criminals checks as well.
DING! DING! DING! WE HAVE A WINNAH!..........................
> The “Ban the Box” bill will force Baltimore employers to wait to ask about a job candidate’s criminal history until a conditional offer has been extended.
I’m pretty sure, if I were an employer in Baltimore, that shortly after this goes into effect, that I’d have a criminal history, in fact, a multiple one. Thanks MNDude.
Is this the newest ‘hire a criminal sociopath’ program the liberals (thugs) are pushing?
No one’s ‘smoother’ in an interview than a person without a conscience...
If they weren’t already, Baltimore employers will be contracting through temp services based outside city limits.
Whoops, what you said.