The “Fair Chance Act” was signed into law as 2019 came to a close, just one part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It prohibits federal contractors that have openings for positions within the scope of federal contracts, as well as all federal agencies, from inquiring about or otherwise seeking criminal history information from an applicant until after a conditional job offer has been extended.
The Act won’t actually go into effect until December 20, 2021, but it could change the hiring process for some contractors. It “bans the box,” which means that federal contractors would be prohibited from asking applicants about their criminal histories until a contractor extends a conditional job offer. Moreover, it prohibits contractors from even seeking any information about criminal activities from other sources.
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