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New Program to Clear Criminal Convictions to Launch in PA

TimeDone Pennsylvania, a new program from the Alliance of Safety and Justice, aims to help people clear their records of past criminal convictions to allow for a fresh start. The program provides connections to legal resources and employers for people with criminal records, free background checks, and other services.


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Could Second-Chance Hiring Be the Answer to the Labor Shortage?

Chamber of Commerce statistics reveal that one in three adults has a criminal record and most are overlooked when applying for jobs. Second-chance hiring could be the answer to responding to the labor market shortage. There are benefits for both the employee and employer when hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. For starters, getting a job reduces […]

Ban the Box Laws by Jurisdiction

This interactive map by Accurate Background has been designed to help employers better understand ban-the-box laws and help them determine when they can inquire into and use an applicant’s criminal history for employment purposes. This map is geared specifically toward private employers only.

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Survey Reveals Americans Want Employers to End Discrimination Against Job Seekers With Criminal Backgrounds

According to a Kelly Services survey, seven in 10 Americans say employers should eliminate blanket-bans that automatically reject job seekers with minor, non-violent criminal offenses on their record. The results of the survey were released to the public in April, demonstrating that Americans want companies to end discriminatory hiring practices and policies, and offer second […]

Delaware Moves Forward with ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation for College Admissions

A bill has been proposed in Delaware that would forbid the state’s public and private colleges from inquiring about applicants’ criminal histories. Colleges would be permitted to ask about students’ criminal backgrounds once they are admitted so they can offer counseling or restrict participation in campus life. The move is intended to promote diversity and, […]

What is Clean Slate Legislation and How May It Impact Hiring?

Clean Slate laws are popping up more and more frequently across the country, making it possible to erase, remove and automatically seal some criminal records from the public view, if the individual remains crime-free for a set period of time. So far, Pennsylvania, Utah, Michigan, Connecticut, Delaware, Oklahoma, and Colorado all have such laws, which […]

The Recent Evolution of Ban the Box/Fair Chance Laws

Ban the box and Fair Chance laws continue to evolve across the country. Primarily focused on prohibiting private and public employers from asking the applicant about their criminal history on the job application, states across the country have adopted varying models of Fair Chance laws. Updated requirements with state and local laws include more advanced […]

Spotlight on Des Moines’ ‘Ban-the-Box’ Law

The City of Des Moines, Iowa, passed a “ban-the-box” law in November that makes it “illegal and discriminatory” for employers to include criminal history inquiries on an application and inquire into criminal history or conduct criminal background checks before a conditional offer of employment is made. Employers are required to comply with all federal and […]

Were You Convicted for Marijuana Possession in Kansas City? You Might Be Eligible for a Pardon.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has addressed the obstacle of past marijuana convictions by pardoning some low-level convictions at the municipal level. Those who were convicted in a county or federal courthouse are ineligible, but municipal offenses can be pardoned through an application process at the Kansas City government website. Staffers of the mayor’s office […]

Des Moines Passes ‘Ban the Box’ Law Prohibiting Criminal Inquiries on Job Applications

A “ban-the-box” law was passed in November 2021 in the city of Des Moines, Iowa. The law makes it “illegal and discriminatory” for employers to include criminal history inquiries on an application and inquiries into criminal history or to conduct criminal background checks before a conditional offer of employment.


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