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New York's Big Move to Help Former Convicts Build Better Lives

New legislation will make it harder for employers to discriminate against those looking to start over after past mistakes.

Councilman Jumaane Williams, who cosponsored the bill. Image via Flickr user Michael Fleshman

Although some employers aren’t “supposed to” discriminate against people with criminal backgrounds, the practice is widespread and deeply damaging. Nearly 90 percent of companies use criminal background checks, even though up to a quarter of Americans now have criminal backgrounds. That’s why New York City just passed The Fair Chance Act, a law that will prevent employers from reviewing an applicant’s criminal background until after the hiring offer has been made.

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NYC Passes Ban on Credit Checks for Most Job Applicants

The new law is said to be the most comprehensive of its kind.

An Interview. Image from SportSuburban via Flickr

A new law would ban employers in New York City from prying into the credit backgrounds of job applicants, finally shutting down what amounts to a major mechanism of legal discrimination in hiring practices. Raw Story reports the legislation was passed “overwhelmingly” by the City Council on Thursday, and is now awaiting the signature of Mayor Bill de Blasio. By passing the law, New York joins the 10 states and other municipalities, including Chicago, that have already banned the practice in most of its forms.

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NYC Schools Will Get Muslim Holidays Off in De Blasio’s New York

The mayor of New York City is a Muslim-loving commie.

Is New York City mayor Bill de Blasio a secret Muslim? Probably not. But let's speculate anyway. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City and noted communist sympathizer, announced a new policy that would close New York City schools for two days this year in observance of the Muslim holidays Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr, heralding the arrival of Sharia Law in America. The truth is it was already over for you when you let the halal carts take over town.

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