Rep. Urges Bar On Initial Employer Criminal Checks

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT) -- The sponsor of a new House bill designed to prevent employers from discriminating against applicants with criminal records on Wednesday encouraged passage of the legislation, introduced last week, saying it would reduce both crime and unemployment.

Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Mich., said his recently introduced Ban the Box Act, which would prevent employers from asking applicants about their criminal background until after making a conditional job offer, would give a much-needed second chance to ex-convicts, who he said would be less likely to return to a life...
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