Over the past decade, few trends in background checks have been more notable than the wave of ban the box legislation. Thirty-five states and 150 cities, counties, and local jurisdictions throughout the United States have adopted ban the box laws and ordinances. These measures, which mandate the removal of criminal history-related questions from job application materials, are often intended to give ex-offenders a better chance at job consideration and employment.
In late 2019, the ban the box movement hit a new milestone with the passage of the federal Fair Chance Act. This law marks the second significant federal ban the box policy, and it could signal an even bigger swell of momentum behind the ban the box trend. In this white paper, we explain all current ban the box laws and provide the key details that employers need to know to remain compliant.