Monday, December 23, 2019
In an amazing bi-partisan collaboration, last week Congress passed Ban The Box legislation. Under The Fair Chance To Compete For Jobs Act of 2019, the federal government and private employers contracting with the federal government will be unable to ask about a candidate's conviction history on a job application. These employers will be unable to inquire regarding criminal records until after a conditional offer has been made. Hundreds of thousands of formerly incarcerated people will have a chance of being hired under the new act.
Downside: The law will not take effect until two years from when the law takes effect, presumably the day when the President signs the bill into law.