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Your action needed on SB 200 to “Ban the Box”

Monday, May 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Brooks
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Your action needed on SB 200 to “Ban the Box”

The “criminal history checkbox” on many standardized job applications often keeps otherwise qualified employees from being considered for the jobs they need to rebuild their lives. A growing number of major corporations – including Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Koch Industries, Starbucks, and Bed, Bath & Beyond – recognize that it makes good business sense to pick from the widest possible pool of employees. Twenty-five states, including Georgia and Tennessee, have removed the conviction history question from their applications for state jobs. SB 200, by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, would add Alabama to that list.

SB 200 would:

  • Apply only to the hiring process for state and local government jobs.
  • Create exceptions for convictions that relate directly to the responsibilities of a particular job.
  • Exempt certain jobs involving confidential information and law enforcement.
Please email your state senator today and urge him or her to vote Yes on SB 200 and give job applicants with prior convictions a fair chance at re-entering the workforce and becoming productive members of society.

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