Fair Chance Act

The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019 (Fair Chance Act) prohibits the Postal Service from inquiring into the criminal history of applicants before a conditional offer of employment has been made and sets out penalties for individual employees who violate the law. An applicant who feels their rights under this federal law have been violated has 30 days from the date of the alleged violation to file a complaint with the Postal Service at FairChanceActSupport@usps.gov.

The Postal Service will conduct a fact-finding investigation within 60 days of the date of the filing of a complaint. If additional information is needed from the complainant, they will have at least 10 days to provide that information. After the investigation is completed, the Postal Service will submit an administrative report to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for a decision to be rendered.

Once OPM has made a final decision about whether the Fair Chance Act has been violated, the Postal Service will take the action required to carry out that decision in compliance with the law.