Lawmakers introduce Fair Chance Act

Booker, Republicans introduce federal ban-the-box legislation

A little more than a year after Philadelphia expanded its ban-the-box law, which prevents employers from asking about criminal backgrounds until a job offer has been made, federal legislators introduced similar national legislation in Washington. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

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Hope behind bars. How ban-the-box rules help ex-offenders, hurt women, & young people. Employment status is key predictor of recidivism. Ex-drug dealers turn their lives around at ShopRite, but what about the misery they caused on the street?

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Philadelphia startup lets people search for national Ban the Box laws

Search Ban the Box policies across the country with this website from a Philly startup – Generocity Philly

Keeping up with policies pertaining to employment practices can be tough for employers. That’s why Philly-based hiring and talent startup JaneHires launched a site called Ban the Box States, aimed to equip employers with what they need to know about Ban the Box laws, which, in a nutshell, prohibit employers from asking applicants about their criminal history.

Those released from prison seek opportunities for employment

Taking the first step toward giving ex-offenders a second chance

Maybe, in principle, employers might believe in giving someone fresh out of prison a second chance by offering that person a job. But . . . How do they figure out who is actually dangerous? How do they make sense of the tangled government document that is a criminal record?