New Legislation will Ban the Box for Federal Jobs

The federal government is jumping onto the “ban the box” band wagon that has taken the U.S. by storm. A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a new bill that claims to give former incarcerated people a fair chance of gaining employment with the federal government. The Fair Chance Act will follow current ban the box […]

Oregon Adopts “Ban the Box”

The state legislature of Oregon has already had a busy year passing laws pertaining to paid sick leave, non-compete agreements and social media employee privacy. Now Governor Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill 3025, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s previous criminal history on an employment application (the law take effect January […]

Nebraska Implements “Ban the Box”

Nebraska is now the eleventh state to implement legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity on job applications. In a movement now known as “Ban the Box,” applicants will no longer have to disclose previous criminal activity until their potential employer has determined that the applicant has met the minimum job […]

California Passes “Ban the Box” Legislation

Add California to the list of states that have passed a law to “ban the box” (i.e. prohibiting employers’ from asking about applicants’ previous criminal history on a job application). Effective July 1, 2014, Assembly Bill 218 introduced by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, requires public employers to determine a job applicant’s minimum qualifications before […]

Newark NJ Wants to “Ban the Box”

Ronald C. Rice of Newark, NJ is trying to pass legislation that will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their previous criminal activity. Affectionately called “Ban the Box” (referring to the box that applicants check when asked if they’ve been convicted of a crime), cities like Philadelphia and Detroit have already adopted this legislation. […]