Ban the Box Update: Rochester, DC, New Jersey, and Illinois
July 16, 2014
Another day, another dollar. And another ban the box bill.
The city of Rochester has banned the box, joining other US cities like Buffalo, Baltimore, Newark, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. You can read about the specifics here.
The Washington D.C. Council is currently reviewing the “Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014” which has sparked plenty of debate and controversy. Like the Rochester ordinance, it would prohibit both public and private employers with more than four employees from asking about criminal history until after an initial job interview or after a conditional offer of employment.
New York City is considering its own version of ban the box, called the NYC Fair Chance Act.
At the state level, a few weeks ago the New Jersey legislature passed a bill that now sits on Governor Christie’s desk. If signed, the Garden State will join Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island in banning the box. You can read more about the details of the New Jersey bill here.
Illinois is expected to soon follow; a similar law sits on the governor’s desk. For those of you keeping track, eight additional states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico) have removed that question from applications for public or state jobs. In Georgia, an executive order will soon ban the box on state employment applications.
If you haven’t already, read my latest analysis: The Problem(s) with Ban the Box and let me know what you think!
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