At tonight’s work session (2/28/17), the City Council will discuss the the possibility of participating in the “Ban the Box” efforts taking place around the country. These efforts provide a fair chance to workers with criminal records by removing the box on employment applications that requires applicants to disclose that they have been convicted of a crime.
Action Item: F3 supports the council’s efforts to remove this box from City of Flagstaff employment applications. If you support this idea, please write to the council and let them know you support their “Ban the Box” efforts. Note that this is a work session and the council will not be voting on anything; however, they may direct staff to come back with an action council can take.
According to the National Employment Law Project, “the ‘box’ on a job application is a barrier because it has a chilling effect that discourages people from applying. It also artificially narrows the applicant pool of qualified workers when employers toss out applications with the checked-box, regardless of the applicant’s merits or the relevancy of the conviction to the job. Both the employer and applicant lose out.” You can read more about “Ban the Box” efforts here.