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Tommy Wells’ ‘Ban the Box’ Bill Gets Strong Support

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells introduced “ban-the-box” legislation that would bar employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal records, a practice he says hinders employment opportunities for returning citizens. “The bill would only allow employers to ask about an applicant’s record of conviction once a conditional offer of employment has been extended,” he said. “The […]


More Restrictions on Criminal Background Checks

California appears to be the latest state to join the criminal-background-restriction bandwagon. A new law enacted last month amends the California Labor Code to prohibit public and private employers from asking job applicants about criminal records that have been expunged, sealed or dismissed. “The good news is that [the law] doesn’t break entirely new ground, […]


Bill Would Prevent Employers from Asking About Arrests in Initial Job Applications

These days, a common question on job applications is whether you’ve ever been arrested. But a growing number of states, including Minnesota and Massachusetts, have adopted laws to remove questions about criminal history from initial job applications. Sponsors of a bill in Olympia hope to add Washington to that list. House Bill 2545 would prevent […]


“Ban the Box” and Beyond: San Francisco Joins Growing List of Jurisdictions Restricting Employment-Related Criminal Record Inquiries

San Francisco recently joined the ranks of “ban the box” jurisdictions that restrict the criminal record information a private employer can request. Others include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Hawaii, and the cities of Philadelphia, PA, Buffalo, NY, Newark, NJ and Seattle, WA. The San Francisco ordinance will become operative on August 13, 2014. It […]


City Manager Ron Carlee Decides to “Ban the Box”

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has officially “banned the box”. Applicants for city jobs will now no longer see a question about prior convictions on the initial application. The exception will be for public safety jobs. Applicants will be asked about criminal history much later in the process — in some departments after several rounds […]


‘Ban the Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration’s Objections

A Louisville Metro Council committee has approved a measure prohibiting the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until the job is offered. But members of Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration joined council Republicans to voice concerns about the bill and its additional burden on local businesses. Council Democrats and […]


‘Ban the Box’ Fair Hiring Policies Take Hold Around the Nation

Untitled Document San Francisco is again in the vanguard of the ban-the-box movement. This time it’s called the Fair Chance Ordinance, and instead of city jobs, the law requires private employers, city contractors, and some housing providers to consider applicants on their merits first, not on their past mistakes. If 2013 is any indication of […]


Joining Other States and Localities, Indianapolis “Bans the Box” for City Vendors and Further Restricts Criminal Background Inquiries

Mayor Gregory A. Ballard recently signed an ordinance that generally prohibits the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County (hereinafter, “City”) and its vendors from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history until after the applicant’s first interview. In addition to “banning the box,” the Ordinance further restricts the types of arrest and conviction records the […]


New California Laws Restrict the Discretion Employers Have to Inquire Into and Use Criminal Record Information

On October 10, 2013, California joined the growing list of states with expanded protections for individuals with prior criminal records when Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill (SB 530) amending the California Labor Code.Effective January 1, 2014, SB 530 amends Labor Code section 432.7 to include an additional prohibition for public and private employers related […]


Statewide Ban the Box Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment of People With Criminal Records

Nationwide, over 50 cities and counties have now taken the critical step of removing unfair barriers to employment in their hiring policies. Widely known as “ban the box,” these initiatives remove the question on the job application about an individual’s conviction history and delay the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process. Momentum […]




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