On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed legislation (S. 1790) enacting the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 (Fair Chance Act). Under the act, federal contractors are prohibited from requiring that an applicant for an appointment to a position in the civil service disclose their criminal history record information before the appointing authority extends a conditional employment offer. This does not apply if consideration of an applicant’s criminal history is otherwise required by law. The act also provides other exceptions, for example, if the applicant is applying to a federal law enforcement officer position.
The act is effective December 20, 2021.
Read US S. 1790