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Virginia Enacts “Ban the Box” for Simple Marijuana Possession

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana under state law in late May, which will take effect July 1, 2020. The new law makes possession of marijuana for personal use a civil penalty of no more than $25, rather than a criminal conviction subject to jail time, and also prohibits […]


Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work are Spreading Fast

According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), about 70 million people in America have some type of criminal record that could be hindering employment opportunities. But thanks to ban the box laws and Second Chance programs, the criminal history question is being removed from job applications across the country. As of June 2020, 35 […]


Suffolk County, NY Enacts “Ban-the-Box” Law Restricting Use of Criminal History in Pre-Hire Process

Effective Aug. 25, 2020, Suffolk County will begin restricting the use of pre-employment inquiries into an applicant’s criminal conviction history, joining dozens of other states, counties, and municipalities that restrict consideration of an applicant’s criminal history at the initial application phase. Specifically, the law passed by Suffolk County’s Legislature prohibits an employer located within Suffolk […]


Federal Contractors to Be Limited on Criminal Background Checks

Part of a growing national trend of “Ban the Box” laws, the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 (Act) will prohibit employers with federal contracts from requesting criminal history information from candidates at the onset of the hiring process. Specifically, the Act prohibits private employers that contract with the federal government from […]


City of St. Louis, Missouri, Passes New ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

A “ban the box” legislation has been passed in the City of St. Louis, Mo., that prohibits employers from basing job hiring or promotion decisions on applicants’ criminal histories. The Ordinance also prohibits employers from publishing job advertisements excluding applicants based on criminal history, as well as barring employers from including statements excluding applications based […]


Ban the What?

Ban the Box laws now exist in more than 35 states and more than 150 cities and counties, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP). These laws require employers to consider a job candidate’s qualifications first, before asking about past convictions. Maryland has become the latest state to enact a law that requires private […]


Ban the Box Comes to Maryland

Maryland now is banning employers with more than 15 employees from requiring job applicants to disclose certain criminal history information before inviting them to participate in a first in-person interview. Employers who are required to collect criminal history information under federal or state laws may continue to do so and those who provide programs, services […]


Lawsuit Alleges Waterloo Broke the Law with “Ban the Box”

According to a section of Iowa code that was championed by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and was passed in 2017, a city cannot pass any ordinance exceeding or conflicting with federal or state laws relating to hiring practices. A lawsuit filed against the City of Waterloo by the ABI alleges the […]


Fair Chance Act Boosts Job Prospects of Ex-Prisoners; Based on Research of Case Western Reserve Economist

Ban the Box policies have been adopted in 35 states and more than 150 cities, eliminating criminal history questions on initial employment applications and demonstrating an increase in a candidate’s chances of landing a public-sector job by 30 percent. The Fair Chance Act applies to federal agencies and contractors and was included in the National […]


ACLU Plans to Push ‘Ban the Box’ Law in 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho recently released details for the Blueprint for Smart Justice Idaho, which would push to implement the Fair Chance Employment Act, requiring employers to wait to ask about a candidate’s criminal background or do a criminal background check until an applicant is given a personal interview or a […]




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