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N.Y. Pols Propose ‘Clean Slate’ Legislation to Seal and Expunge Criminal Record

The proposal of New York’s new “Clean Slate” bill aims to create a two-step process to automatically seal and eventually expunge past convictions and make it easier for those who served time to find work and housing opportunities. Convictions would be automatically sealed one year after sentencing on the individual’s last misdemeanor conviction and three […]

Illinois Tightens Restrictions on Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks

Senate Bill 1480 has been signed into law in Illinois, adding a new Section 103.1 to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that severely restricts the ability of employers to rely on conviction records in making employment decisions. Effective immediately, the amendment prohibits use of a conviction record as the basis for an employment decision […]

FedEx Sued in New York Over Job Applicant Background Checks

A lawsuit filed by a job applicant of FedEx Corp. claims the company violated New York’s Fair Chance Act when it checked his criminal history before deciding whether to offer him a job. The company is reviewing the allegations and will defend the lawsuit, Franklin v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. The applicant is asking […]

California DFEH Ramps Up Enforcement of FEHA’s Protections Against Criminal Record Discrimination

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from inquiring into and using specific criminal record information, while also mandating procedures for evaluating such information and providing notice to applicants. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is making extra efforts to enforce the protections, issuing investigative subpoenas, written interrogatories, and requests for […]

Does Your Company Give Employees and Applicants a “Fair Chance”? Navigating Expanding Criminal Background Inquiry Bans Across the Country

Multiple locations have enacted various “ban-the-box” or “fair chance” laws that prohibit or limit employers’ ability to ask about or consider a person’s criminal history as part of the job application process. The Fair Chance Act in New York City is one such act, which recently was radically expanded to make it ever harder for […]

Illinois Law Intended to Stifle Use of Employment Background Checks

Senate Bill 1480, passed by the Illinois state legislature, mandates employers to draw a clear nexus between a prospective employee’s criminal history to the job they are being considered for and provide written notice to the applicant of the specific adverse information that led to the decision. Expected to be signed into law by Gov. […]

Michigan’s Clean Slate Law Effective April 11, 2021

A new “Clean Slate” law has been passed in Michigan that states that certain misdemeanor and felony conviction records in the state will be “set aside” or automatically expunged and will not require an application for expungement. Effective April 11, 2021, the automatic expungement requirement will not begin until two years after the effective date […]

Amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act Regarding Criminal Convictions

The Illinois Human Rights Act has been amended by Senate Bill 1480. Specifically, the employer must determine that there is either a substantial relationship between the conviction and the position sought or that the granting of employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the […]

Should People with Criminal Convictions be able to Work in Health Care? A Bill in Washington’s Legislature Would Relax State Laws

A bill that is being by discussed by Washington lawmakers would end the automatic disqualification of people with certain criminal convictions from working with vulnerable populations in health care or home care. Sponsors of the bill say the effort could address the shortage of qualified caretakers and encourage people with convictions to take charge of […]

Illinois Set to Enact New Law Limiting Criminal Convictions in Employment Decisions

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits employers from considering an employee’s arrest history and now the state is taking things one step further in banning the use of criminal history in employment decisions. House Bill 1480 was passed, which provides that unless otherwise authorized by law, an employer may only consider an individual’s criminal conviction […]


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