FEDERAL CONTRACTORS SUBJECT TO NEW “BAN THE BOX” LAW, BUT YOU HAVE TIME TO PREPARE

If you are a federal contractor, you need to be aware of a new law.  If not, this serves to remind us all of the growing trend in favor of “ban the box” legislation.

In December 2019, President Trump signed into law the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.”  Tucked into that law is the “Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019” otherwise known as the “Fair Chance Act.”  This law applies to federal agencies as well as to defense contractors (neither of which will be defined in this article).

Generally speaking, if you submit a bid to a federal executive agency for work, you will be required to comply with this law.  Continue reading