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Ban the Box Turns 20: What Employers Need to Know

It’s hard to believe that the ban the box movement began 20 years ago, when Hawaii passed a law restricting employers form considering candidates’ criminal history until a job offer had been made. Since then, similar laws have been enacted in 33 states and more than 150 cities and counties. Many HR professionals have found […]


San Francisco’s Amended Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect with Updated Notice Requirements

On the 1st of October, Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) amendments made changes to the way it regulates employers’ use of applicants’ and employees’ arrest and conviction information. These changes include the restriction from asking about, requiring disclosure of and using an applicant’s or employee’s arrest and conviction information until after the employer makes a conditional […]


How Ban the Box Has Helped and Hurt the Job Prospects of People with Criminal Records

The more than 70 million men and women with criminal records in the United States often face challenges in finding employment. The Ban the Box (BTB) movement aims to address this problem by removing the need to report a criminal past on an application before even getting a chance to secure an interview. Some studies, […]


MASS AG on the Lookout for Prohibited Criminal History Inquiries

Seventy employers are being investigated for violating Massachusettss ban the box law, which prohibits most businesses from asking about job candidates criminal backgrounds on initial employment applications. The Boston-area businesses range from a restaurant chain to a skin care company to a book store. Three of the larger companies were fined $5,000 each and all […]


GAO Asked to Examine Impact of Ban the Box Hiring Policy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been asked to examine whether a federal hiring policy issued late in the Obama administration is having unintended consequences. The late 2016 rules bar agencies from asking about an applicants criminal record (or adverse credit record) as an initial screening question, however concerns have been raised that employers may […]


Washington State Enacts Fair Chance Act

The Washington Fair Chance Act (HB 1298), which becomes effective in June 2018, prohibits employers from obtaining any information about an applicants criminal record until after the employer initially determines that the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. It also makes it unlawful for employers to advertise employment openings in a way that discourages […]


Impending Necessary Ban-the-Box Updates for Criminal Record Inquiries in Massachusetts and San Francisco

Massachusetts enacted the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reform Act that includes a Ban the Box component. Recently, Gov. Charlie Baker signed amendments that place further restrictions on employers that inquire about prior criminal records. Taking effect Oct. 13, 2018, the important changes include: a provision that an employer shall not inquire into convictions for […]


Westchester County Executive George Latimer Signs Fair Chance to Work Executive Order

County Executive George Latimer recently signed an Executive Order that will help put Westchester residents back to work. The Fair Chance to Work Executive Order prohibits the County from inquiring about past convictions during the initial application process. It is believed the Executive Order will be good for the countys economy by increasing income tax […]


San Francisco Amends Fair Chance Ordinance to Align with Portions of Californias New Statewide Ban the Box Law

In early April, San Francisco amended its Fair Chance Ordinance to align with Californias new ban-the-box law, which requires employers with five or more employees to wait until after a conditional offer of employment is made to inquire about an applicants criminal history, conduct an individualized assessment of an applicants conviction, notify the applicant of […]


Washington Ban the Box Law Limits Criminal Background Inquiries

Washington will become the next state to implement ban the box legislation in June. Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Washington Fair Chance Act (WFCA) on March 13, which prohibits inquiries regarding applicants conviction histories until the employer has determined the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. Some employers are excluded, including those […]




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