President Obama announces 'ban the box' rule


Following legislation passed this year by Sen. Sara Kyle to ban the box on state employment applications, President Obama announced today that a proposed rule would do the same for federal job applications.

"I want to thank President Obama for his leadership on this issue," state Sen. Sara Kyle said. "This will mean more opportunities for people who have paid their debt to society and are struggling to rebuild their lives. Tennessee has already banned the box on state job applications, and today's means even more opportunity.

"People in Memphis who are ex-offenders tell me that because of their record, they don't even apply for good jobs because they know they will be turned down. The message is clear: put yourselves out there, the opportunities are there for you. When you succeed, our entire community succeeds."

SB 2440 passed the state Senate this year and was signed into law by Gov. Haslam. It ends the practice of asking about prior convictions on an initial state job application, although managers can ask during the hiring process. The state still conducts background checks for jobs in law enforcement and education.

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  • commented 2016-09-21 15:43:33 -0500
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  • commented 2016-04-29 16:09:53 -0500
    Sara Kyle is my Senator for my area. I like almost everything she does, except she recently voted to make the Bible the Tennessee state book. It would be unconstitutional, and unnecessarily divisive. I have made several attempts to reach out to her and understand why she would vote for that, but after weeks of phone calls and messages, none were returned. I am a true Dem and will vote that way, but I am not liking that vote and the fact than she does not call back a constituent.