City removes felony application question

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The City of Fort Wayne is making changes to its job applications and emerging business enterprises executive order.

Mayor Tom Henry announced the question about whether an individual has been charged with a felony will be removed from the City’s job application. Background checks will still be performed.

The city is making the move to give qualified job seekers a chance to be hired. The practice is called “ban the box” which has been adopted in 33 states and over 150 cities across the country.

Also, emerging businesses will now be allowed to earn revenue up to $10 million a year. That’s up from the $5 million requirement. The city hopes the changes will enhance a company’s opportunities to fill areas where subcontractors aren’t available and increase participation from emerging business enterprises.

The initiatives were recommendations from the Mayor’s opportunity Advisory Council, a group of 11 members who represent public, private and low-income sectors.

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