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New Jersey Limits Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions

by Rachel Tischler As we reported in December 2013 (see here ), New Jersey was on the road to joining 6 other states which have recently passed legislation banning or limiting the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed...

A Bipartisan “Ban the Box” Bill is Introduced in Congress

Some states and cities have made it illegal to ask about criminal convictions on job applications. A new bill introduced last week in both the U.S. House and Senate called the Fair Chance Act may “ban the box” across the country for all federal agencies and federal contractors. With limited...

Federal “Ban the Box” Legislation Announced by Bipartisan Group

by Tim J. St. George , David M. Gettings , David N. Anthony and John C. Lynch On September 10, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced the Fair Chance Act (S. 2021/H.R. 3470). The Fair Chance Act was introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D...

President Obama Wants Federal Agencies to “Ban the Box”

No more questions about criminal convictions on job applications. Flanked by New Jersey Senator (and former Newark Mayor) Cory Booker (D-NJ), President Obama announced yesterday in Newark, NJ that he would take action to help those with criminal convictions to find jobs. According to a White House...

Proposed Federal “Ban the Box” Legislation Receives Bipartisan Support

by Jonathan Sokolowski and Kathleen Simpson* On September 10, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) was introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses of Congress. The Act would prohibit federal contractors and agencies from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal...