More than 70 million people with a record in the United States either face significant barriers when seeking a license to work, which is now required for one in four jobs, including many good-paying jobs that are in high demand in healthcare and other industries, or—even worse—they are automatically disqualified, sometimes for life.
A license to work is now required for one in four jobs.
The fact sheet: Fair Chance Licensing Reform Takes Hold in the States summarizes 2018 legislative updates in occupational licensing. New bills have been signed into law in Delaware, Indiana, and Massachusetts, and legislation is awaiting the signature of the Governors of Maryland and Tennessee. Additional bills worth noting have been introduced in the District of Columbia and at least three states (including California, Kansas, and Rhode Island).