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President Obama to Congress: ‘ban the box’ President Barack Obama wants federal employers to delay asking about a job candidates criminal history at least until later in the hiring process. Sharon Crowley | November 2, 2015 President Barack Obama wants federal employers to delay asking about a job candidates criminal history at least until later […]

City Limits: How a New NYC Law Will Change Life for Employers and Job-Seekers

How a New NYC Law Will Change Life for Employers and Job-Seekers Marc Bussanich | November 4, 2015 Late last month, New York City’s Fair Chance Act took effect. A response to the epidemic of arrest and incarceration that particularly affected communities of color, the law prevents an employer from checking into an applicant’s arrest […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to ‘Ban the Box’ on Criminal Records Kanya D’Almeida | November 3, 2015 Criminal justice advocates scored a big win Monday with President Obama’s announcement of new measures aimed at easing reintegration of returning citizens—individuals released from state and federal prisons—who number more than 600,000 annually. As part of a broader plan to […]

NY1: Grassroots Org Succeeds in “Ban the Box” Campaign, Giving Ex-Cons A Chance to Work

Grassroots Org Succeeds in “Ban the Box” Campaign, Giving Ex-Cons A Chance to Work Cheryl Wills| November 1, 2015 A Brooklyn-based grassroots organization has scored a major victory with the passage of the Fair Chance Act, which bans questions about criminal history on job applications. NY1’s Cheryl Wills has more on the group that made it […]

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New Law in New York City Prohibits Employers From Checking Job Applicants’ Criminal Records Tré Goins-Phillips| October 30,2015 New York City’s “Ban the Box” initiative, the Fair Chance Act, went into effect Tuesday, October 27. The new act, signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, prohibits employers from looking into applicants’ criminal record until […]

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How I got a fresh start after prison Brian Pearson| October 30, 2015 The Fair Chance Act just went into effect in New York City – legislation that will make a huge difference for the millions of New Yorkers like me who struggle to find work due to a criminal record, despite having the ability […]

The Independent: New Yorkers are no longer required to disclose criminal history on job applications

New Yorkers are no longer required to disclose criminal history on job applications Activists say the Fair Chance Act is the most progressive law in the country Emma Bracy | October 29th, 2015   New Yorkers applying for jobs will no longer be required to disclose a criminal history, thanks to new legislation. The Fair […]

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Prison Reform 2015: Amid US Inmate Release, Employers Wary Of Lawsuits From Job Applicant Criminal Record Legislation Aaron Morrison| October 28, 2015 Job seekers sitting down for an interview with Michael Kaufman, manager of a commercial printer in New Jersey, might typically hear these questions: “What’s your work history like?,” “Can you explain this gap […]