Harris County TX Adopts “Ban the Box” Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 4, 2022, Harris County in Texas adopted a “Ban the Box” policy that will prohibit most county departments from asking about the criminal history of job applicants and remove the box on county employment applications that applicants must check if they have a criminal record, …

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Federal “Ban the Box” Law “Fair Chance Act” Takes Effect December 20, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2019, former United States President Donald J. Trump signed into law the “National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020” (S. 1790) that included a “Ban the Box” bill called the ‘‘Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019’’ or ‘‘Fair Chance …

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California DFEH Finds Violations of “Ban the Box” Law Called Fair Chance Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 20, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced a new effort to identify and correct violations of the Fair Chance Act, a pioneering state “Ban the Box” law that seeks to reduce barriers to employment for ex-offenders with criminal histories, according …

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Orange County FL Adopts “Ban the Box” Policy to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Job seekers applying for work with the Orange County, Florida, government “will no longer have to disclose prior criminal convictions at the beginning of the application process” thanks to a “Ban the Box” hiring policy adopted by officials to improve access to employment for ex-offenders, according to …

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New Jersey “Ban the Box” Enforcement Sweep Causes Changes in Hiring Policies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 30, 2021, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that fifteen companies had agreed to stop including language about the criminal history of applicants in their job advertisements and to make changes to …

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Maine “Ban the Box” Law for Private Employers Takes Effect October 18, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 6, 2021, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed “Ban the Box” legislation titled Legislative Document (LD) 1167 (HP 845) into law to prohibit private employers from requesting criminal record information from applicants on initial applications or stating ex-offenders may not apply for a job. The law …

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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Portion of Waterloo IA “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 18, 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a portion of a “Ban the Box” ordinance known as the “Fair Chance Initiative” passed in Waterloo, Iowa, that restricts when employers may inquire about the criminal history of job applicants but struck down restrictions on what types …

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New York City “Ban the Box” Law Amendments Take Effect July 29, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Amendments enacted by the New York City Council to the City’s “Ban the Box” law known as the Fair Chance Act (FCA) to expand protections already provided to job applicants to include employees and prohibit discrimination based on arrest records, pending criminal accusations, or criminal convictions will …

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DeSoto TX Approves “Ban the Box” Policy to Ensure Fair Chance at Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2021, the City Council in DeSoto, Texas approved a “Ban the Box” hiring policy “to give everyone a fair chance at employment” by “removing the conviction history check-box from job applications. If employers must ask about convictions, they can ask later in the hiring …

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Illinois Amends “Ban the Box” Law to Help Job Applicants with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed “The Employee Background Fairness Act” (Senate Bill 1480) into law to add a new section to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that will impact employers under the state’s “Ban the Box” law and prevent them from discriminating …

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