NC’s Governor Cooper Proclaims April as Second Chance Month

On April 12, Governor Cooper proclaimed that April 2021 is Second Chance Month in North Carolina. As stated in the proclamation, “formerly incarcerated individuals face many hurdles in securing employment, housing, transportation, and health care, made even more challenging during a global health crisis.” Furthermore, “efforts are underway at the federal, state, and local levels […]

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Illinois Employers Subject to New Background Check Requirements

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On March 23, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that imposes new requirements on Illinois employers that utilize criminal history checks for employment purposes. Under this new bill (SB1480), employers in Illinois must fulfill three specific requirements before making an employment decision based upon a candidate’s conviction record: They must perform an individualized assessment, […]

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