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May 21, 2014
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Statewide Ban the Box Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment of People With Criminal Records

Nationwide, over 50 cities and counties have now taken the critical step of removing unfair barriers to employment in their hiring policies. Widely known as “ban the box,” these initiatives remove the question on the job application about an individual’s conviction history and delay the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process. Momentum for the policy has grown exponentially, particularly in recent years.

Today there are a total of ten states representing nearly every region of the country that have adopted ban-the-box policies—California (2013, 2010), Colorado (2012), Connecticut (2010), Hawaii (1998), Illinois (2013), Maryland (2013), Massachusetts (2010), Minnesota (2013, 2009), New Mexico (2010), and Rhode Island (2013). Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island have banned the box for private employers, which many advocates embrace as the next step in the evolution of these policies.

Federally, the EEOC has endorsed ban-the-box as a best practice in its guidance for employment decisions considering arrests and convictions. In an era of extreme mass incarceration, ban-the-box campaigns provide a platform to educate the public about the stigma of a criminal record and the real consequences to our society of depriving millions of Americans with past convictions of economic stability.

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December 9, 2013
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Convention 108 Accession to Strengthen DPA's Powers

Morocco has adopted a bill approving the Council of Europe's (CoE) Convention 108 for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. Once ratified, Morocco will become the second non-member country of the Council of Europe to accede to Convention 108, following Uruguay. "The Moroccan Data Protection Authority hopes that ratification will lead to amendments to the Moroccan [data protection] law," said Floriane Leclerc, representative for the Association of Francophone Data Protection Authorities (AFAPDP). "It needs to be modified to reinforce the authority's ability to enforce the law, [and] its financial and functional independence" Morocco was first invited to accede to Convention 108 on 30 January 2013. Convention 108 is the first legally binding instrument governing data protection, adopted by the CoE in 1981, establishing minimum data protection standards. The CoE is in the process of discussing proposals to modernise the Convention in light of the upcoming changes proposed by the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. Morocco's accession will bring the total number of countries party to the Convention to 47

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December 4, 2013
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Foreigners In China With Criminal Records

More efficient measures should be taken to ensure that foreigners with criminal records are banned from working in China, senior officials with the department that oversees attracting and managing international professionals said. The officials' remarks came after a British man who is wanted for allegedly raping a child in the United Kingdom and had been a teacher at an international school in Beijing was detained in the Chinese capital. "Such cases are not common. The overwhelming majority of foreign teachers in China are outstanding," Xia Bing, director of the Department of Cultural and Educational Experts under the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, said at a forum. Xia has urged schools that employ foreign teachers to remain vigilant. Chen Huabei, director of the Information Research Center of International Talent under the administration urged bureaus of foreign experts affairs to strengthen management of foreigners as well as to provide more care and better services for them. A foreigner who is permitted to work as a teacher in China should acquire a foreign expert certificate granted by a local bureau of foreign experts affairs.

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