Ban the Box

New York City: New Guidance Issued for Fair Chance Act

According to an advisory released by NAPBS, New York City's Commission on Human Rights has issued updated legal guidance in regards to compliance with the Fair Chance Act and the NYC Human Rights Law. The guidance specifically states that "inquiring" includes conducting a criminal background check (either by the employer or a third party screening […]

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The Value of Background Checks—A Legally Compliant Screening Program

(This post was written by Montserrat Miller, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory in Washington, D.C.) The Affordable Care Act provides grants to states to implement background check programs for prospective long-term-care employees in settings such as nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospices. The grant program, known as the National Background Check Program (NBCP), […]

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Can hiring ex-offenders make a business more profitable?

A recent article in The Guardian asks this question. EEOC guidance on hiring individuals with a criminal record states that the record must be considered in context. This may be one reason for that line of thinking: more than 65 million people in the United States have a criminal record, and 600,000 inmates are released […]

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Update: Philadelphia Ban the Box Proposal

February 1, 2016 | posted in: Ban the Box, FCRA | by

Philadelphia has amended Chapter 9-3500 of the city code to implement the following changes, effective March 14th, 2016: The ordinance applies to all employers in Philadelphia, with the only exception being law enforcement. Employers cannot inquire about an applicant's criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made. Employers cannot ask whether an applicant […]

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New Compliance Initiative Takes Effect 12/1/15

To Our Clients & Partners: In keeping with our dedication to compliance, and due to the recent increase in litigation against employers and CRAs, we will be enacting a new Compliance Initiative which requires some changes to our reporting. Effective December 1, 2015, we will no longer be reporting cases with a disposition of dismissed, […]

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Stories That Motivate the “Ban the Box” Movement

January 8, 2014 | posted in: Ban the Box, Criminal Record Policy, EEOC | by

The Nation provides a discussion of the motivations behind the "Ban the Box" movement including a couple of stories. Criminal Records keep many from employment, even many years later.

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Target Responds to “Ban the Box” Legislation

January 7, 2014 | posted in: Ban the Box, Criminal Record Policy, FCRA | by

Many states and cities have passed the "Ban the Box" legislation. Some companies have complied by course of law, and others are complying preemptively. Target has opted to remove any questions regarding an applicant's criminal records from its application. To be on the safe side of FCRA compliance, Confirm Choice does not ask about criminal […]

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