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Waters, Trone Introduce Historic Legislation to ‘Ban the Box’ on Employment Applications Nationwide Ahead of House Vote on Police Reform

The Workforce Justice Act, which would encourage states to ‘ban the box’ on employment applications nationwide and give justice-impacted individuals a greater chance of gaining employment, has been introduced in the 116th Congress in an effort to reform a portion of the criminal justice system that affects more than 70 million people with an arrest […]

City of Lakeland Implements Ban the Box

The city manager in Lakeland, Fla., has put into place a “Ban the Box” process that removes the questions about prior criminal convictions for job applicants. Effective February 1, Shawn Sherrouse said his goal as city manager is to have “a more diverse pool of applicants” so the workforce mirrors the community’s demographics, stating that […]

State background check laws that are changing in 2021

Before making a hiring decision for your business, you may consider looking into each candidate’s criminal history. However, there are employment laws in place in states across the country that prevent private employers from looking into an applicant’s criminal or credit histories. In fact, most states—and some cities—have laws in place either allowing criminal background […]

Maryland’s Montgomery County Amends, Expands Its ‘Ban-the-Box’ Law

An amendment has been made to Maryland’s Montgomery County ban-the-box legislation that increases restrictions on employers during the hiring process. Effective February 19, 2021, employers with at least one employee (not limited to full-timers) may not require a job applicant to disclose (or ask a job applicant or others) whether the applicant has an arrest […]

Four Things to Know About “Ban the Box” Restrictions: A Nationwide Trend Creates New Legal Exposure for Employers Researching a Candidate’s Criminal History

As of 2019, 35 states and more than 150 cities and counties had adopted ban-the-box laws, according to the National Employment Law Project, and in early 2019, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing to review the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, which proposed extending the policy to federal employers […]

Ban-The-Box: U.S. Cities, Counties, and States Adopt Fair Hiring Policies

Nationwide, 36 states and over 150 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “ban the box” so that employers consider a job candidate’s qualifications first—without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. Borne out of the work of All of Us or None, these policies provide applicants a fair chance at […]

Ban the Box Update: St. Louis Enacts Ordinance; California and Hawaii Expand Existing Laws

St. Louis, Missouri, passed a ban the box Ordinance, effective Jan. 1, 2021, that will prevent employers with 10 or more employees from basing a decision to hire or promote on an applicant’s criminal history. In addition, the ordinance prevents employers from: inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history until after the employer has determined […]

New York City Expands Scope of its Ban-the-Box Law

A bill was passed by the New York City Council that significantly expands the scope of the New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA), including strict restrictions on an employer’s ability to take adverse action against a job applicant or current employee based on pending criminal charges or arrests, or convictions arising during employment. In […]

North Carolina Also Bans-The-Box

In December 2019, President Trump signed into law the Fair Chance Act, prohibiting federal agencies and government contractors from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history before making a conditional employment offer, unless a specified exception applies. Many states and localities have enacted ban-the-box laws. North Carolina will be the next to do so when, on […]

Maryland’s Ban the Box Law Requires Swift Action for Employers to Comply

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Criminal Record Screening Practices Act. Employers must be prepared to comply with the law when it takes effect on February 29, 2020. The act establishes a statewide ban the box law prohibiting certain employers in Maryland from requiring a job applicant to […]


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