Federal Contractor Obligations Under Fair Chance Act 

January | National: Federal contractors now must comply with the Fair Chance Act (FCA). 


Harris County Will No Longer Ask About Criminal Histories on County Job Applications 

January | Texas: Most county departments will be banned from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history. 


NYC Joins Other Jurisdictions in Requiring Pay Transparency for Job Applicants 

February | New York City: Certain employers in New York City will be required to disclose salary ranges in connection with advertising positions and considering applicants for employment.  


Class Action Alleges New York City Hotel Operator Fired Bellperson in Violation of Fair Chance Act 

March | New York: The owner of 15 New York City hotels is facing a lawsuit alleging violation of an amendment to the FCA.


Ban on Salary History Inquiries to Expand to Federal Contractors 

March | National: Federal contractors soon will be included in the law banning inquiries into salary history. 


California May Relax Background Check Process 

March | California: Searches of criminal court records with the use of a person’s birth date or driver’s license number will be prohibited. 


California Fair Employment & Housing Council Proposes Sweeping Regulation of Automated Decision-making and Artificial Intelligence in Employment 

March | California: The liability exposure and obligations of employers and third-party vendors who use, sell or administer employment screening tools or services that use automated decision making could be expanded. 


Fair Chance Act: Restricting Timing of Criminal History Inquiries Begins to Take Effect  

March | National: Contractors should familiarize themselves with the requirements of 2019’s National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. 


Clean Slate Laws are Taking Hold: Colorado Joins List 

June | Colorado: Colorado has enacted a Clean Slate Act in support of automatically clearing certain criminal records after certain requirements have been met.  


Des Moines Passes ‘Ban the Box’ Law Prohibiting Criminal Inquiries on Job Applications

June | Iowa: A new law in Iowa makes it “illegal and discriminatory” for employers to include criminal history inquiries on an application, among other “ban the box’ efforts. 


Arizona Passes Third Law Dealing with Sealing of Criminal Records 

June | Arizona: A new law in Arizona allows individuals to petition to seal certain criminal records.  


Is Fair Chance Hiring a Business Opportunity Knocking at Your Door? 

July | National: It turns out hiring those with a criminal history isn’t just good for the individual, it’s good for society, the community and businesses. 


A RAND Research Brief Offers a New Model for Estimating Recidivism Risk 

August | National: A RAND research report has confirmed that the likelihood of an individual reoffending declines the longer they are in the community. 


Increasing the Demand for Workers with a Criminal Record 

August | National: Harvard Business School published a working paper outlining a field experiment to test approaches to criminal background checks. 


Delaware Moves Forward with ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation for College Admissions

July | Delaware: A new law has been introduced that would prohibit the state’s public and private colleges from inquiring about applicants’ criminal history. 


Survey Reveals Americans Want Employers to End Discrimination Against Job Seekers with Criminal Backgrounds 

August | National: A survey by Kelly Services has revealed that 70 percent of Americans say employers should consider hiring applicants with minor, non-violent criminal offenses. 


Survey to Assess and Encourage Fair Chance Practices Among Vendors and Suppliers 

September | National: Three simple questions can encourage more inclusive packages among vendors and suppliers. 


California Could Give More Than a Million People with Criminal Records a Fresh Start 

October | California: If signed by the governor, a new bill would significantly expand automatic sealing eligibility for people who served time in prison. 


Dallas Fair Chance Hiring Regulation Proposed for Private Employers 

October | Texas: A Fair Chance ordinance in one Texas city would forbid private employers from asking job seekers about criminal history on initial applications. 


Hiring Best Practices: Salary History Bans and Pay Transparency

October | National: Across the country, states are enacting laws that restrict employers from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history. 


How Employers Can Set Formerly Incarcerated Workers Up for Success 

October | National: The second-chance model has been proved to be the most successful approach to hiring people with records. 


Workers Actively Want Employers to Engage in Fair Chance Hiring 

October | National: A recent Indeed survey showed that people are much more interested in giving convicted individuals a fair chance at a job than discriminating against them. 


Past Offenders Get a Second Chance Under Groundbreaking California Record Seal Law 

November | California: A new law allows almost all convictions to be permanently sealed once a person has fully completed their sentence and gone four additional years with no arrests. 


Pennsylvania Looks to Expunge Criminal Record of Minors to ‘Get Their Lives Back on Track’ 

November | Pennsylvania: Senate Bill 1226 aims to standardize the expungement process for minors. 


People with a Felony Record are Getting More Opportunities from Colorado Employers 

November | Colorado: The Chance to Complete Act prohibits employers with 11 or more employees from requiring job applicants to disclose their criminal history. 


California Expands Criminal Record Relief 

November | California: Senate Bill 731 expands the automatic sealing eligibility of most felonies that occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2005, if certain requirements are met. 


‘Ban the Box’ A/K/A Colorado’s Chance to Compete Act 

November | Colorado: Colorado’s Chance to Compete Act applies to all private employers and aims to provide a fair chance at employment, regardless of criminal record history.