Booker, Republicans Introduce Federal Ban-the-box Legislation
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 a criminal background until a job offer has been made, lawmakers on Wednesday introduced similar national legislation in Washington.
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) was a lead sponsor of the Fair Chance Act, Senate Bill 842. It and its House equivalent, H.B. 1905, would require the federal government and federal contractors to remove from job applications the box that candidates for employment must check if they have a criminal background.
Government agencies and contractors would have to defer a background …