BAN THE BOX ARTICLE INDEX FOR 2020 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ (23)
January | Iowa: A lawsuit filed against the City of Waterloo by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry alleges Waterloo violated state law with its “ban the box” ordinance.
January | Idaho: The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho announced that it plans to reduce the state’s incarceration rate with a “ban the box” law.
January | National: Federal contractors soon will be banned from asking applications about their criminal histories under after the extension of a conditional job offer.
February | Maryland: Maryland now will ban private employers from requesting information about an applicant’s criminal history in job applications.
March | Maryland: Certain employers in Maryland are prohibited from requiring an applicant to indicate that they have prior criminal history.
April | Iowa: A challenge was rejected in Waterloo, Iowa, that alleged the “ban the box” hiring ordinance exceeded the requirements of federal or state law.
May | New York: Suffolk County will begin restricting the use of pre-employment inquiries into an applicant’s criminal conviction history.
June | Virginia: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana under state law.
June | North Carolina: The North Carolina General Assembly finalized bipartisan legislation that will allow more people to get their criminal records cleared of lower-level criminal convictions and dismissed charges.
July | South Carolina: The city of Aiken, South Carolina, has removed the box on applications from city government jobs that asks for an individual’s criminal history.
August | Tennessee: The Shelby County Commission voted to ban the box on job applications for jobs with Shelby County government.
August | North Carolina: Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 158 to implement fair chance policies at state agencies to increase employment opportunities for people with records.
September | Hawaii: Hawaii has shortened the 10-year lookback period that is part of its ban the box bill that prevents most private sector employers from considering criminal histories.
September | North Carolina: North Carolina has joined the growing list of states that are banning the box at state agencies to increase job opportunities for ex-offenders.
October | California: California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has been updated regarding how employers use criminal records in hiring and personnel decisions.
October | Missouri/California/Hawaii: Employers with more than 10 employees in St. Louis now are restricted from using certain criminal conviction information in hiring.
October | California: The Department of Fair Employment and Housing has amended the regulations implementing ban the box laws, effective Oct. 1, 2020.
October | Michigan: Bills have been signed in Michigan that will establish an automatic mechanism to expunge certain convictions and expand eligibility for expungement.
October | Hawaii: A bill has been signed that narrows the scope of convictions that employers can use for hiring and other employment-related decisions.
November | Maryland: An amendment to Montgomery County’s ban the box legislation prohibits background checks until after a conditional offer has been extended and redefines “employer.”
December | National: St. Louis enacts a ban the box ordinance, while California and Hawaii expand existing criminal history laws.
December | New York City: A bill was passed by the New York City Council that expands the scope of the city’s Fair Chance Act.
December | Nationwide: Thirty-six states and more than 150 cities and counties have adopted what is known as “ban the box” so that employers consider a job candidate’s qualifications before arrest records.