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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 […]


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 […]


City of Aiken ‘Bans the Box’ by Removing Criminal History from Job Applications

A “Ban the Box” resolution was unanimously passed by Aiken City Council in South Carolina, removing the box on applications for city government jobs that asks for an individual’s criminal history. Criminal history still will be included in background checks, but this is conducted later in the application process, typically after a conditional offer has […]


Understanding California’s Ban-the-Box Law

A trending issue in employment law involves the hiring of people with a criminal history, which can present two very different factors. A good-paying job may be one of the best ways to prevent criminal recidivism, but employers often worry about being sued for negligent hiring. “Ban-the-box” laws across the country aim to give people […]


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 […]


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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