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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

New Jersey’s New “Ban the Box” Regulations – Not too Bad?

Over the past five years, many cities, counties, and states have passed so-called “ban the box” laws – a trend that HR Legalist has been following in prior blog posts. In their most basic form, these laws require employers to...more

OPM, Ban the Box and Background Checks

On December 15, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published in the Federal Register a notice listing its priorities. Under “Suitability” on page 77883 of the Federal Register, OPM states that they will be “proposing...more

Oregon Limits Criminal Background Inquiries by Employers

Oregon became the seventh state to ban the box for private employers, prohibiting any questions about criminal background on employment applications and at any time before an initial interview takes place. Oregon’s law took...more

More Clarity on New Jersey’s Ban the Box Law: Department of Labor’s Final Regulations and Guidance, Effective Immediately

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued its final regulations, effective immediately on December 7, 2015, clarifying the requirements of the state-wide ban-the-box law, also known as the...more

New Jersey's Department of Labor Issues New Rules Regarding "Ban the Box"

On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (the “NJDOL”) promulgated a set of regulations to enforce and more specifically define the restrictions contained in the State's "Opportunity...more

Ban the Box 2.0: Philadelphia Upgrades Its Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance

On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia passed an upgrade of its “ban the box” law, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. In 2011, Philadelphia led the pack by becoming the first U.S. city to pass an ordinance...more

Ban the Box Update Round Up: Portland, Philadelphia and New Jersey

The past several weeks have seen a flurry of “ban the box” developments, including: ..The passage of a law in Portland, Oregon banning the box for private employers; ..The passage of amendments expanding the ban the...more

New York City Joins a Growing Chorus of Cities and States that Believe in Second Chances: What Does the New “Ban the Box”...

The New York City Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) went into effect on October 27. With the Act in place, New York City is one of a growing number of cities and states to implement so-called “ban the box” legislation, which...more

New York City ‘Ban the Box’ Law Restricts Employers’ Use of Criminal History

New York City has, in recent months, adopted legislation limiting the information that employers can seek out and use in employment decisions. The “Fair Chance Act,” which went into effect October 27, is the most recent of...more

New Jersey Adopts Ban-the-Box Regulations

On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (“DOL”) adopted regulations (“Regulations”) regarding the state’s Opportunity to Compete Act (“OTCA”), also referred to as New Jersey’s...more

Employers, Handle With Care: Philadelphia Gives Added Protections to Job Applicants with Criminal Histories

On December 15, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed off on several amendments to Philadelphia’s 2012 Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. The 2012 Ordinance was enacted to prevent discrimination against job...more

Philadelphia Enacts Sweeping Changes to City’s Ban-the-Box Law

On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed far-reaching amendments to the city’s “Ban the Box” law, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance (“the Ordinance”). In enacting the amendments,...more

Mayor Nutter Signs Bill Strengthening “Ban the Box” Law

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday signed a bill amending the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance. The original law, which went into effect on January 13, 2012, made it unlawful for organizations with 10 or...more

“Ban the Box” Packs More Punch in Philadelphia Under New Amendment

Since 2012, the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance has prohibited most employers within the city of Philadelphia from asking about criminal convictions on job application forms. Under revisions to the so-called “Ban...more

Beyond “Ban the Box” – Philadelphia Makes Sweeping Changes to Criminal Records Screening Ordinance

On December 15, Mayor Michael Nutter signed sweeping amendments to Philadelphia’s so-called “ban the box” law, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance. In enacting the amendments, Philadelphia joins a...more

The New Jersey Department of Labor Issues Final Ban-the-Box Regulations

On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (the “NJDOL”) issued regulations clarifying the requirements of New Jersey’s Opportunity to Compete Act (the “Ban the Box Law”), which take...more

President Obama's Order "Banning the Box" for Federal Employees is an Important Reminder to All Employers to Implement Hiring Best...

Last month, President Obama announced a new mandate to the federal government's human resources department to "delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process."  ...more

Portland’s New Ban-the-Box Ordinance Imposes Stricter Rules Than State Law

On, November 25, 2015, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance restricting an employer’s ability to inquire regarding a job applicant’s criminal history. As of July 1, 2016, Portland employers with six or more employees...more

Portland, Oregon Bans the Box

On November 25, 2015, Portland’s City Council unanimously passed new rules that will significantly affect an employer’s ability to obtain and use criminal history information in the hiring process. With these new rules,...more

Portland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law

The Portland City Council passed its own version of a “Ban The Box” law right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will require most businesses operating in the city to adjust their hiring practices. Under the strict new...more

New York City Bans the Box: Has Your Company Reviewed It's Application Process?

Recently, New York City enacted the Fair Chance Act, an ordinance that prevents New York City employers with four or more employees from inquiring about, or otherwise considering, a job applicant’s criminal history when...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Clarifies Background Screening Laws

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Cornell University’s ILR School Labor and Employment Law Program hosted “NYC Ban the Box and Stop Credit Discrimination: A Conversation on Enforcement with the City Commission on Human Rights.”...more

Obama embraces ‘ban the box’ movement

In November, President Obama announced that he was directing federal agencies that they could not inquire about criminal convictions on federal job applications. According to the president, the federal government “should not...more

Ban the Box Gaining Momentum

Last week, President Obama announced yet another executive order, this one removing questions about an applicant’s criminal history from applications for federal jobs. Similar laws have been passed in cities and states across...more

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