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Attention Philadelphia Employers: New and Important Changes to the "Ban The Box" Law

Philadelphia’s 2011 “Ban the Box” law, which restricts an employer’s ability to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal history at the initial stages of the application process, is “old news” – but the recent changes that...more

A Closer Look at Austin’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance, the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which took effect on April 4, 2016. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12, 2016. It...more

White House Fair Chance Business Pledge

Nineteen companies joined President Obama as founding companies of the White House’s Fair Chance Business Pledge.  According to the White House Fact Sheet, “The pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of the...more

Austin, Texas Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

The city of Austin in Texas is the latest major city to pass a Ban the Box ordinance which affects private employers.  Ordinance No. 20160324-019 was approved on March 24, 2016 by a vote of 8 – 2. ...more

What’s on the Horizon for U.S. Employers in 2016?

While the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and on-going Congressional gridlock make it unlikely any new federal employment laws will be enacted in the U.S. in 2016, employers can expect federal agencies to continue their...more

Austin, Texas Joins Movement To “Ban The Box” In Hiring Practices

Effective April 4, 2016, Austin’s Fair Chance Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an employer...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

PFOA Contamination Likely to Spur Legislative Action - The discovery of Perfluorooctanoic Acid contamination in southern Vermont drinking water has prompted legislators to examine whether more action is necessary to...more

“Ban-the-Box” and Other Laws Limiting an Employer’s Use of Criminal History

Employers face an increasing number of laws that limit when an employer may ask for and use an applicant's criminal history. "Ban the Box" laws prohibit questions about criminal history on the initial application. In...more

Austin Passes "Ban the Box" Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance that will significantly restrict many employers from making employment decisions about applicants or employees based on their criminal histories. The Fair Chance...more

What Employers Need to Know About "Ban the Box"

“Ban the Box” or “Fair-Chance Hiring” describes a recent movement that advocates removing the check box appearing on many job applications asking applicants whether they have criminal histories. Ban-the-box advocates say that...more

Austin Becomes the First City in Texas to “Ban the Box”

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which will prohibit most employers from asking questions about or considering an individual’s criminal history until after making a...more

NJ Adopts Final Regulations on Criminal Background Inquiries

New Jersey has promulgated its final ban-the-box regulations, clarifying the law passed on March 1, 2015, which severely restricted public and private employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into an applicant’s...more

Amendments to Philadelphia “Ban the Box” Ordinance Place New Restrictions on Employers

This week, extensive amendments take effect to Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards ordinance, popularly known as “Ban the Box.” The Ban the Box law, enacted in 2012 (see our advisory here), regulates the...more

Philadelphia Criminal Background Checks – Fair Chance Hiring Law Poster

On March 14, 2016, Philadelphia’s so-called “ban the box” law, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance, became effective.  With it came the release of a mandatory new poster restating the major elements of...more

New and Amended Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance

Philadelphia’s Ban the Box has been on the books since 2011. However, it was recently amended and certain changes went into effect yesterday (3/14/16). ...more

City of Philadelphia Amendments to Ban-The-Box Legislation Take Effect This Week

On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia’s former Mayor, Michael Nutter, signed off on an amendment (“the Amendment”) to the Fair Criminal Record Screenings Standards Ordinance (“the Ordinance”). The Amendment, which tightens the...more

The Philadelphia Ban-the-Box Poster is Here: The Ins and Outs of the Posting Requirement

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has released the poster employers are required to display under the new amendments to Philadelphia’s “ban the box” law, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Act. The...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2016

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it discharged an employee shortly after she informed her manager that she was pregnant. According to the Fifth...more

[Webinar] "Ban The Box" And Other Laws Limiting An Employer's Use Of Criminal History - March 30th, 1:00pm EDT

Employers face an increasing number of laws that limit when an employer may ask for and use an applicant's criminal history. "Ban the Box" laws prohibit questions about criminal history on the initial application. In...more

Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance Expands to All Private Employers

Action Item: On March 14, 2016, Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” ordinance will expand to prohibit all private employers and city agencies from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal history prior to making a...more

New York City Issues Proposed Rules Related to the Fair Chance Act

On February 16, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued proposed rules related to the city’s Fair Chance Act (FCA)—the restrictive ban-the-box law that went into effect in October of 2015 and prohibits...more

Philadelphia Amendments to Ban-the-Box Become Effective

Philadelphia recently amended its "Ban-the-Box" ordinance to significantly increase the protections afforded to job applicants with a prior criminal history. Ban-the-Box, also known as the Fair Criminal Records Screening...more

Job Seekers with Criminal Records Get Second Chance with New Law

There has been a lot of buzz recently about “ban the box” initiatives prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their criminal records.  Proponents of these initiatives argue that employers should not consider an...more

Ban the Box Enforcement Actions Against Two Major Employers in New York

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced settlements against two major retailers (Big Lots Stores and Marshalls) for violations of Buffalo’s “Ban the Box” ordinance at local stores. Click here to...more

New Jersey Agency Issues Regulations on Statewide “Ban-the-Box” Law

As previously reported, on August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – New Jersey’s so-called “ban-the-box” law – which restricts the ability of covered employers to inquire...more

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