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Bill Would Ban Federal Contractors From Asking About Criminal History Early in Job Application Process

March 14, 2019 / Erich Wagner

A House committee appears poised to advance legislation that would enshrine in law a policy banning federal agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made, and expand that prohibition to federal contractors. The Fair Chance Act (H.R. 1076), introduced by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., codifies the so-called Ban the Box policy in federal law. In 2016, the Obama administration issued regulations to that effect, but the policy did not apply to private companies that do business with agencies, and can be rescinded administratively.