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Wilmington Joins the Ban-the-Box Bandwagon

Employers' Ban-the-Box initiatives are taking hold in many states and municipalities. The City of Wilmington has joined the ranks of employers no longer requiring information on an applicant's criminal history at the time of job application. Mayor Baker signed an executive order on Monday that...

Employers Must "Think Outside the Box" When Hiring in Seattle: New "Ban the Box" Ordinance Restricts Use of Criminal Background Checks

10 states and more than 50 municipalities and counties have some form of "ban the box" legislation, regulations, or ordinances on their books. Earlier this summer, the city of Seattle, Washington joined them, and on November 1, 2013, Seattle's new "ban the box" ordinance goes...

Bill Would Limit Use of Criminal Histories for Delaware Employers

So-called “ban-the-box” initiatives, which limit employers’ inquiries into an applicant’s criminal history, have been adopted by several cities and municipalities. Philadelphia adopted such a law in the Spring of 2011. The City of Wilmington joined the ban-the-box bandwagon in...

Williams Mullen: ‘Ban the Box’ Ascendant: States Increasingly Restricting Applicant Criminal Record Inquiries

By D. Earl Baggett and J. Nelson Wilkinson On January 1, 2014, it became illegal for Rhode Island employers to ask about criminal convictions on job applications. Employers in that state now face civil rights charges, monetary damages, and even liability for attorney’s fees if they attempt to...

San Francisco Employers Must Limit Criminal History Inquiries

San Francisco has joined several other cities in enacting “ban the box” legislation to restrict the ability of private employers to inquire about and consider criminal history information for employment purposes. San Francisco’s recently enacted Fair Chance Ordinance takes effect August...

States Slowly Adopting Laws To Ease Ex-Felons' Path to Employment

by Rich Ehisen When Saun Hough got out of jail in 2012, he knew reintegrating into society wasn't going to be a cakewalk. Just 20 when he was convicted of second degree murder, he had since spent the better part of the last two decades behind prison bars. Now armed with an associate of arts degree...

New Law Restricts Ability of Employers in New Jersey to Ask Job Applicants If They Have Criminal Records

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act , Pub. L. 2014, ch. 32 (the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” the “NJOCPA,” or the “Act”), which takes effect on March 1, 2015. The Opportunity to Compete Act...

Read This Before You Revoke A Job Offer in Pennsylvania Based on Criminal History

Across the country, many states and localities have enacted ban-the-box legislation. In a nutshell, ban the box means that employers cannot inquire about an applicant's criminal history until after the first job interview. For example, Philadelphia has ban the box. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania...

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Ban The Box

Or, States That Don't Suck For Employees, Part VI You may have heard the term “ban the box” but not know what it means. These laws generally prevent employers from asking about applicant arrests or convictions at the beginning of the application process, and only allow inquiries after...

Better Than "Ban the Box?"

Michigan has taken a different approach with respect to addressing the issue of employability of persons who were convicted and served time in state prisons. The state enacted two laws which combine to provide a level of defense for employers who hired ex-convicts. The first bill establishes a procedure...

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Issues 'Ban-The-Box' Order

After lawmakers failed to come up with their own “ban-the-box” measure this session, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) issued an executive order last week that bars Old Dominion state agencies from asking most job seekers about their criminal history. The Senate approved similar legislation...

NYC Council Votes to Sharply Restrict Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks

by Christopher Collins On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the New York City Council approved a bill that will strictly regulate how employers in New York City (with at least four employees) may conduct criminal background checks. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill, which will go into effect...

"Ban the Box" Comes to Oregon

by Kyle Abraham On June 25, 2015, Oregon joined the growing list of states to pass a “Ban the Box” law. “Ban the Box” refers to a law prohibiting employers from asking an applicant to check a box on the employment application if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime...

New Law Restricts Ability of Employers in New York City to Ask Job Applicants If They Have Criminal Records

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed, into law, the New York City Fair Chance Act, Local 63 of 2015 (the “Fair Chance Act,” the “NYCFCA,” “Local Law 63″ or the “new Law”) , which takes effect on October 27, 2015. The Fair Chance Act...