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New Infographic - Ban the Box: Protecting Your Rights or Disguising Your Past?

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All across the country, cities and states have begun a move towards policies that remove the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from job applications. Many of these policies forbid employers from even asking individuals about previous criminal convictions until a conditional offer of employment has been made. This growing legislation is what we call the Ban the Box movement.

HUD Issues Guidance on Criminal History and Fair Housing

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While landlords use tenant screening processes to find responsible renters, they need to make sure biases don't stop them from providing homes to needy people. It's for this reason the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released guidelines for staying in compliance with the Fair Housing Act when it comes time to use criminal histories in background investigations.

Employers Must Take Steps to Prevent Workplace Violence

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On March 23, 2016, Rep. Mike Stewart brought an AR-15 style rifle to the Tennessee legislature, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Stewart walked into a House Civil Justice Subcommittee meeting with the gun to make a point. The weapon was bought online and picked up in a restaurant parking lot. There was no call for a background check, and Stewart received the rifle hours after purchase.

“Ban the Box” Gains Steam, Extends to Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is one of the most recent cities to implement "Ban the Box" legislation. According to the JD Supra business news site, the Philadelphia's Fair Chance Hiring Law took effect beginning March 14, 2016. The ordinance dictates employers can no longer ask about or investigate an applicant's criminal background during the screening or interview process.

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