Ban the Box Law Now Effective in Illinois

A new Illinois law that went into effect January 1, 2015 and places restrictions on when a background check may be conducted, which is informally referred to as banning the box. Under the new law, employers will only be allowed to perform such a check if an applicant has been selected for an interview or if a job offer has been extended. Continue reading

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Florida House Bill 205 Submitted to Amend Statute on Retention of Juvenile Records

House Bill 205 seeks to reduce the time period in which conviction records must be retained before juvenile criminal records can be expunged. The proposed bill seeks to reduce the period for which criminal records of a minor must be retained until the minor’s eighteenth birthday, at which point the record will be expunged. Continue reading

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New Jersey “The Opportunity to Compete Act” Will Help Former Offenders Find Employment

On March 1, 2015, New Jersey will implement a new act called “The Opportunity to Compete Act.” This law provides that employers will not be able to investigate a job applicant’s criminal background until after a conditional offer of employment has been extended to the applicant. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes SB 166 – A New Expungement Bill

On February 23, the Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 166, which if enacted would improve the expungement law in Pennsylvania and provide former offenders a much needed second chance. SB 166 would expand the law to allow the expungement of some misdemeanor convictions in Pennsylvania after the former offender satisfies a waiting period. This bill would help many people who committed low-level misdemeanor offenses in Pennsylvania move past their prior mistakes. Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Makes Substantial Changes to Sex Offender Registration Law

In the face of numerous appeals cases, the California Supreme Court has decided to take a stand on sex offender registration. The law is now much more strict and some people who received relief from the registration requirement may have to register once again. Continue reading

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