Philadelphia bans most credit checks for employment; Imposes new obligations

A recent blog from Jackson Lewis highlights key changes to Philadelphia’s Unlawful Credit Screening Practices in Employment ordinance and the city’s Fair Criminal Record Screenings Standards ordinance (FCRSS), commonly referred to as the “Ban the Box” regulation. Changes took effect on March 21, 2021, and April 1, 2021, respectively. The regulations supplement the governing requirements… Continue reading Philadelphia bans most credit checks for employment; Imposes new obligations

More Evidence That “Ban the Box” Laws Don’t Work

A blog posting by Walter Olsen, a senior fellow at Cato, continues a small but impactful line of research critical of the purported benefits of ban-the-box laws.  CDIA does not necessarily oppose ban-the-box proposals if they are thoughtful and limited.  That includes not pushing the criminal check too deep in to the search process.

Ban-the-box laws may hurt more than they help

As posting by Pew was picked up by NCSL and widely shared by NCSL. The Pew posting, ‘Ban the Box’ Laws May Be Harming Young Black Men Seeking Jobs, says that “several recent studies have found that black men, even those without a criminal history, are less likely to get called back or hired after… Continue reading Ban-the-box laws may hurt more than they help

You don’t love “Fair Chance Hiring,” you love the idea of “Fair Chance Hiring”

CDIA does not oppose ban-the-box legislation, so long it is narrowly tailored and focused.  Yet, ban-the-box legislation is not without its critics.  For example, Derek M. Cohen, the deputy director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and its Right on Crime campaign, made a blog posting criticizing Austin’s Fair… Continue reading You don’t love “Fair Chance Hiring,” you love the idea of “Fair Chance Hiring”

New Jersey Bans the Box

New Jersey became the latest state to pass the so-called “ban-the-box” bill which, in general, prohibits an employer from inquiring about a criminal history at or before an initial interview.  In the last few years, New Jersey had attempted to pass legislation that was far broader and more troubling for public safety.  After CDIA and… Continue reading New Jersey Bans the Box