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Washington extends 'bans the box' laws to both private and public employers

On March 13, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298), extending ‘ban the box‘ jobseeker protections to cover the state’s public and private employers. The legislation prohibits employers from asking about arrests or convictions before applicants are determined otherwise qualified for a position. Washington becomes the 11th state…

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Companies start signing on to the Fair Chance Business Pledge

Fair Chance Business Pledge. The 19 initial signatories include major companies such as American Airlines, Busboys and Poets, The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook, Georgia Pacific, Google, Greyston Bakery, The Hershey Company, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Koch Industries, Libra Group, PepsiCo, Prudential, Starbucks, Uber, Under Amour/Plank Industries, Unilever and Xerox. The pledge encourages signatories…

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Uber quietly begins testing fingerprint background checks

Uber has quietly started testing the fingerprinting process on some of its drivers. Uber background checks have been a controversial issue since day one. Five hundred Los Angeles-based Uber drivers were invited to undergo fingerprint background checks; it has not been determined whether fingerprint screening has been tested in other markets, or whether the fingerprinting…

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Kansas considers updating background check regulations for school bus drivers

oard is considering whether it should require bus drivers to have a completely clean background check, with any felony record at any point in time being cause for disqualification for future employment or termination from current employment. It appears that parents of children in Kansas schools are divided on whether or not the expansion of…

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Obama expected to sign Executive Order to ‘ban the box’ for federal employers

President Obama is expected to sign an Executive Order on Monday that would prohibit federal employers from asking job applicants questions about potential criminal records until significantly later in the hiring process. In a previous post, we shared that both the House of Representatives and the Senate are also currently debating bills that propose ban-the-box…

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New York City ‘ban the box’ act goes into effect

banning pre-employment credit checks, and it’s continuing to prevent employment discrimination as its citywide ‘ban the box’ law goes into effect. NYC’s Fair Chance Act was passed back in June, amending the city’s Human Rights Law, which previously protected individuals from employment discrimination on a similar basis as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, adding that…

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Are fingerprint background checks a form of discrimination?

against fingerprint background checks for drivers. The Austin City Council had recommended fingerprint background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers, but two local groups are not on board. Teddy McDaniel of the Austin Urban League and Nelson Linder of the Austin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wrote a letter…

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‘Fair Chance Act’ may require federal government to ‘ban the box’

Fair Chance Act,” would prevent all three branches of the federal government from asking job applicants questions about their criminal records on a government job application. The Fair Chance Act would prevent background checks from being conducted until the government is ready to offer a position to the applicant. The bill would “ban the box”…

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