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"Ban the Box" Act Under Discussion in Albany

    Should a question on a job application asking potential employees about their criminal history be removed? That was under discussion at a public hearing in Albany earlier this week. 

    The Albany County Fair Chance Act, also known as "Ban the Box," refers to the box on a job application asking about a person's criminal background. That box would be removed from county job applications.

    Those supporting the bill say they want to ensure all candidates have equal treatment when looking for a job, regardless of their histories. They say the county would only do a background check after a conditional employment offer is made

    Both sponsors of the bill are hopeful residents will be able to vote on the legislation on Election Day.

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