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New California Laws Restrict the Discretion Employers Have to Inquire Into and Use Criminal Record Information

On October 10, 2013, California joined the growing list of states with expanded protections for individuals with prior criminal records when Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill (SB 530) amending the California Labor Code.Effective January 1, 2014, SB 530 amends Labor Code section 432.7 to include an additional prohibition for public and private employers related […]


Statewide Ban the Box Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment of People With Criminal Records

Nationwide, over 50 cities and counties have now taken the critical step of removing unfair barriers to employment in their hiring policies. Widely known as “ban the box,” these initiatives remove the question on the job application about an individual’s conviction history and delay the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process. Momentum […]


State “Ban the Box” Legislation Gains Momentum

The “ban the box” movement continues to sweep through state legislatures. Recent legislation in two states applies “ban the box” prohibitions to private employers in the state. On December 1, a new North Carolina law went into effect that prohibits employers from inquiring about arrests, charges or convictions that have been expunged. This prohibition applies […]


No Need For Businesses to Fear ‘Ban The Box’ Measure, Employment Attorney Says

Louisville has joined the ranks of cities to enact an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their criminal backgrounds. The bill applies only to the city and its private vendors. According to Tom Birchfield, a managing partner at Louisville-based Fisher and Phillips LLP law firm said, “I don’t think it is that big […]


Nationwide Efforts to “Ban the Box”

50 municipalities and 9 states have removed questions about criminal record from job applications, opting to ask later in interview process; a sign that the nationwide movement to reduce unfair barriers to employment for people with criminal records is gaining momentum. The commonsense ban-the-box policy postpones criminal history inquiries until later in the hiring process […]


Seattle Latest City to “Ban the Box” for Private Employers

On June 20, 2013, the Mayor of Seattle signed an ordinance to “ban the box” and otherwise restrict the use of arrest and conviction records in the hiring and personnel decisions of most private employers and of the City itself. Under the new Seattle ordinance, employers may not advertise, publicize or implement any policy or […]


Council ‘Bans the Box’ to Help Ex-cons Land Jobs

The City of Buffalo has voted to “ban the box”, making it illegal for any employer to ask job seekers on their applications if they have ever been convicted of a crime. The measure will now be submitted to the mayor for his signature, but the strong support in Council Chambers points to a veto-proof […]


Minnesota Enacts “Ban the Box Law” Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Checkmark Boxes and Restricting Criminal Record Inquiries Until After Interviews or Conditional Job Offers

Effective January 1, 2014, recent amendments to Minnesota law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by most private employers into a candidate’s criminal past. Employers who are not exempted from the law may not: (1) inquire into or consider or require disclosure of criminal record information until the applicant has been selected for an […]


SHRM Survey on Employee Background Checks

Seven out of 10 organizations (69%) claim they conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates, according to a 2012 background check survey from the Society for Human Resources Management. That survey shows another 18% conduct such checks on select job finalists and only 14% say they don’t research candidates for criminal records. When conducting […]


Richmond City Council Unanimously Passes ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

The Richmond’s City Council voted unanimously to eliminate requirements that applicants for many city jobs acknowledge prior felony convictions on initial applications. Though the “ban the box” ordinance’s passage was never in doubt – it was on the council’s consent agenda. Many said they didn’t expect the measure to end the difficulty that convicted felons […]




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