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Telebriefs®: Ban the Box- Should criminal records be disclosed on job applications?

job applicationOn November 2, President Obama gave a speech to the New York campus of Rutgers Law School in support of federal Ban the Box legislation, the purpose of which is to persuade employers to remove criminal records from job applications.  In this speech, the President explained that there are 600,000 inmates released from incarceration each year and that 70,000,000 citizens have some degree of a criminal record.  He also proposed a new program, called National Clean Slate Clearinghouse, in which the Labor and Justice Departments would provide legal assistance such as expungement and other legal services to individuals with criminal records. Also in this Telebrief:  the intersection of criminal records and individuals with disabilities, listen to this week’s Telebrief to learn more about what you can do to improve your hiring processes. To read more or to listen to the Nov 11th Telebrief, or to listen to past telebrief segments, please click here.


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Howard Kurman website Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace.

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