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Two-Thirds of the US Population Now Lives In “Ban the Box”

As the adoption rate of “Ban the Box” laws continues gathering pace, more and more Americans are finding themselves living in these jurisdictions. Currently, about 211 million Americans are living in areas which have Ban-the-box laws of one form or another. This accounts for almost two-thirds of the US population. The next step in the […]

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Obama Steps Up Efforts To Open Employment Opportunities To Formerly Incarcerated People

As he nears the end of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears more determined than ever to create a path to employment for ex-convicts. On April 29th 2016, the President signed a memorandum entitled “Promoting Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals”. This memorandum is aimed at bringing together various stakeholders in order to remove the […]

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The [ NYC Fair Chance ] Act Has Officially Taken Effect – Private Employers Beware

October 27th, 2015 is a date all private employers in NYC should take note of. The reason for this is simple. This is when New York City’s “Ban the Box” law took effect. For employers, this is a potential game changer. It means that they can no longer arbitrarily use criminal background checks during recruitment. […]

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What Are The Implications Of The Signing Of the “Ban The Box” Law For Employers In NYC?

The recent signing of the Fair Chance Act (FCA) into law by Mayor Bill De Blasio is a potential game changer for private employers in New York City. The FCA is a “Ban the Box” law which places restrictions on when employers can inquire about a person’s criminal history when making a hiring decision. In […]

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Expanding Ban the Box Legislation Impacts Small Business

An increasing number of states, counties, and cities have passed so called “Ban the Box” legislation which seeks to limit discrimination against applicants with a criminal record. Some state’s laws only apply to public employers, and others include private employers and have an impact on small business. The “box” in question is found on employment […]