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Federal Fair Chance Act Will Soon Require Federal Contractors to ‘Ban the Box’

The federal Fair Chance Act to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 (Fair Chance Act) was signed into law in December 2019, but only just took effect on Dec. 20, 2021, banning civilian and defense executive agencies from either awarding federal contracts or releasing payment to a contractor who violates the statutory requirements. Government contractors may not request a job applicant on the contract to disclose his or her criminal history information prior to the contractor’s extending a conditional offer of employment. Exceptions exist when consideration of the criminal history record is required by law, or the employee will have access to classified information or have sensitive law enforcement or national security duties, if hired.

 

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