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New York City Fair Chance Act – July 2015

Earlier this week, we reported that the New York City Council passed a bill entitled the Fair Chance Act. On June 29, 2015, Mayor de Blasio signed this bill into law, adding another bill limiting what an Employer can ask a job applicant.

The Fair Chance Act bolsters the City’s Human Rights Law by prohibiting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s prior arrests and/or convictions until a conditional offer of employment has been made. This follows a growing trend in states and cities to “ban the box,” i.e., the portion of the job applications that asks the applicant to check the “yes” box if they “have ever been convicted of a crime.”

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