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Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019

As part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 (FCA) passed congress, “banning the box” and its impact on the employment opportunities for people with records. Federal agencies and federal civilian and defense contractors may not request information on arrest and conviction history until a conditional […]

CA DFEH Cracks Down on Fair Chance Act Violations

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has announced an initiative that will use technology to conduct mass searches of online job ads for statements that violate the Fair Chance Act. Employers will receive a notice that requires them to remove the unlawful practice from its procedures and messaging. According to the statute, employers […]

Using Supported Employment to Help People with Behavioral Health Needs Reentering Communities

It can be difficult for those reentering society after serving time in prison and jail to find stable employment, but supportive employment services specifically for those with behavioral health needs can help. This could include providing access to available resources, building skills to become competitive candidates, and receiving job coaching and training. This works in […]

Free Ban-The-Box Laws Guide

With the ever-changing landscape of“ban-the-box” laws and Fair Chance Act initiatives, we have put these laws and requirements together into one simple document that any hiring manager can understand.

The infographic is organized by states to include:

Any state laws pertaining to private/state employment
Counties within the state that may be subject to private/county employment
Cities within the counties […]

Orange County to ‘Ban the Box’ Asking Job Applicants About Past Criminal Convictions

At Orange County’s second annual “Desmond Meade Day,” it was announced that people applying for a job with the Orange County government will no longer have to disclose prior criminal convictions at the beginning of the application process. Officials and advocates hope the move will improve access to employment for those with a criminal record. […]

New Jersey Acting Attorney General and Department of Labor Commissioner Announce Agreements with 15 Employers in “Ban the Box” Enforcement Sweep

Fifteen companies in Trenton, N.J., have agreed to stop including language about applicants’ criminal history in their job advertisements and/or make other changes to their hiring practices. The state’s Opportunity to Compete Act reduces obstacles to employment for people with criminal records by barring covered employers from making inquiries regarding a candidate’s criminal history during […]

Does Ban the Box Apply to Contractor Networks? Everything You Need to Know

Fifteen states and more than 20 cities or counties in the United States have passed legislation for private employers to consider the applicant’s job qualifications before reviewing their criminal record. Although no federal statute or legislation is currently in place, this could come in time. The evolving Ban the Box landscape has changed what can […]

The [Ongoing] Evolution of Ban the Box

First implemented in 1998 in Hawaii, Ban the Box laws have become much more than just removing the section on an application asking about criminal history. Many of today’s regulations also govern when employers are allowed to ask about criminal records and while the majority cover the public sector, many laws also apply to private-sector […]

It’s Time to Rethink Candidates’ Criminal Records

With nearly one in three Americans with a criminal record and the major labor shortage, employers must rethink how they view hiring individuals with past arrests or convictions. Doing so can help fight the statistics of a March 2018 study that demonstrated 45 percent of people released from prison had not reported earning income for […]

How Data-Based Policies Can Help the Formerly Incarcerated Win a ‘Second Chance’

Recidivism is not unique to any state or region; in fact, two out of three people are rearrested within three years after being released from prison and 50 percent are reincarcerated. Some argue the issue isn’t related to funding and there are plenty of ways to cut back on the cost of recidivism. In Tennessee, […]


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