What is the “Ban the Box” Movement?

“Ban-the-box” laws requiring employers to remove criminal-history questions from employment applications have been enacted in many states, cities and counties.

Primarily covering the public sector, many ban-the-box laws also apply to private-sector employers, seeking to protect applicants and candidates convicted of a crime from automatic disqualification during the selection process. In some cases, employers can inquire or check for criminal history after conducting a first interview; others must wait until they’ve extended a job offer.

Link to page: Ban The Box Turns Twenty What Employers Need to Know
Update: Ban The Box Law Covers Federal Contractors Fair Chance Act

Additional Resources

FTC and EEOC Background Check Guide for Employers

FTC and EEOC Background Check Guide for Employers

FTC Once you’ve satisfied all applicable recordkeeping requirements, you may dispose of any background reports you received. However, the law requires that you dispose of the reports – and any information gathered from them – securely. That can include burning,...

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Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1993

Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1993

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Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act

Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a United States federal law (codified as 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) that regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information, including consumer credit information. Information in a consumer report cannot be...

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