On July 16th, 2013, S357 was signed into law by the Governor of Rhode Island. The bill is a “ban the box” measure and is effective January 1, 2014. As with all “ban the box” legislation, to date, this Act does not directly impact CRAs or what they can report. Rather it is a requirement upon employers designating when the employer can inquire into the criminal past of the applicant. read more