Ban the Box: U.S. Cities, Counties, and States Adopt Fair Hiring Policies to Reduce Unfair Battles to Employment of People with Criminal Records

Source: National Employment Law Project (NELP), Resource Guide, Updated January 2015

This resource guide documents the 109 jurisdictions – the 13 states, Washington D.C., and the 95 cities and counties – that have taken steps to remove barriers to employment for qualified workers with records. Of special significance, six states, Washington D.C., and 25 cities and counties now extend the fair chance policy to government contractors or private employers. Of the localities, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbia (MO), Montgomery County (MD), Newark, Philadelphia, Prince George’s County (MD), Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. extend their fair chance laws to private employers in the area, A chart summarizing all the policies is available at the end of this guide.
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