Virginia “Ban the Box” Law for Simple Marijuana Possession Takes Effect July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed “Ban the Box” legislation into law – House Bill 972/Senate Bill 2 – to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for simple marijuana possession. The law will take effect on …

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Suffolk County NY Files Ban the Box Law for Applicants with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 27, 2020, Suffolk County in New York filed a “Ban the Box” law that will prohibit employers in the county with 15 or more employees from asking questions regarding or pertaining to the criminal convictions of job candidates during the application process. The Ban the …

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Employer Protection from Lawsuits Critical to Advancing Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws and Second Chance Programs aimed at giving ex-offenders a fair chance to find work and reenter the workforce often have a major deficit – employers trying to do the right thing still have substantial legal exposure in many states, according to an article …

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Maryland General Assembly Overrides Veto of Ban the Box Act by Governor

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override a veto by Governor Larry Hogan and enact Senate Bill 839 that stated employers with 15 or more full-time employees may not “require an applicant to disclose whether the applicant has a criminal record or has …

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Ban the Box Laws and Second Chance Programs that Help Ex-Offenders Find Work Will Spread in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Ban the Box” laws and second chance programs that help give ex-offenders in the United States with a prior criminal record – an estimated 70 million people or nearly one in three U.S. adults – an opportunity to find work after leaving prison will continue to spread …

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Fair Chance Act Will Ban the Box in the U.S. Federal Government

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2019, United States President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 1790, the “National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020” that included a “Ban the Box” bill called The Fair Chance Act that will take effect two years after the date of …

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Fair Chance Act Ban the Box Bill Passes Senate and Heads to Desk of President

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 17, 2019, a bipartisan “Ban the Box” bill called The Fair Chance Act that would give ex-offenders a better chance to find employment passed the United States Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and will head to the desk of U.S. …

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Ban the Box Bill Called Fair Chance Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 11, 2019, a “Ban the Box” bill called The Fair Chance Act that would give ex-offenders a better chance to find employment passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 and will now be …

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Waterloo First City in State of Iowa to Join Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 7, 2019, Waterloo, Iowa, became the first city in the state to join the “Ban the Box” movement by passing an ordinance that makes asking job applicants about criminal records early in the hiring process an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for employers, according to a report …

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Colorado Ban the Box Law to Limit Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries Takes Effect September 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Colorado House Bill (HB) 19-1025 – legislation that will Ban the Box and place limits on inquiries about the criminal history of job applicants by employers in the state – takes effect on September 1, 2019, for employers in the state with 11 or more employees, and …

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