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Just Don’t Ask: With The Fair Chance Ordinance, San Francisco Joins A Growing Number Of Jurisdictions That Restrict Employers’...

In February 2014, San Francisco joined the growing number of jurisdictions that have enacted so-called “ban the box” laws. Like many of its counterparts, San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance, which will become effective in...more

Nation’s Largest Background Check Agencies Will No Longer Automatically Disqualify New York Job Applicants Based On Criminal...

On March 13, 2014, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced agreements with four of the nation’s largest background check agencies whereby they will not, on behalf of their clients, issue automatic...more

Hot Employment Topics For 2014 Part V: Use Of Arrests And Convictions In The Employment Process

This is the fifth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part V focuses upon "Use of Arrests and Convictions in the Employment Process." One hot topic in 2014 will be the issue of employer...more

New Louisville “Ban the Box” Ordinance Covers City Contractors, Continues Growing Trend

Mayor Greg Fischer recently signed an ordinance that generally prohibits the Louisville Metro Government (hereinafter, “City”) and its vendors from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history on the initial job...more

San Francisco Releases "Ban the Box" Notice for Posting and Distribution

San Francisco's new Fair Chance Ordinance ("FCO") "bans the box" and otherwise restricts private employers and City contractors from inquiring into or considering certain criminal offenses when making hiring and personnel...more

New Jersey’s Version Of “Ban The Box” Bill Reintroduced To Senate

“The Opportunity to Complete Act” (last mentioned in the February 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) was reintroduced to the state Senate on February 28, 2014. The bill still prohibits the use of criminal background...more

Act Now Advisory: San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance - New Workplace Law Regulates Criminal Background Inquiries

This last month, San Francisco joined several cities and states by adopting "ban the box" legislation called the Fair Chance Ordinance ("Ordinance"), which limits the timing and scope of inquiries into an applicant's or...more

Joining Other States and Localities, Indianapolis “Bans the Box” for City Vendors and Further Restricts Criminal Background...

Mayor Gregory A. Ballard recently signed an ordinance that generally prohibits the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County (hereinafter, “City”) and its vendors from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history...more

"Ban the Box" and Beyond: San Francisco Joins Growing List of Jurisdictions Restricting Employment-Related Criminal Record...

A nationwide “ban the box” movement seeks to restrict criminal history information that employers can obtain or use for employment purposes. The movement derives its name from a box on standard job application forms that asks...more

New San Francisco Law Restricts Employers’ Use of Criminal Background Checks

San Francisco’s recently enacted Fair Chance Ordinance (a.k.a., the “Ban-the-Box Ordinance”) limits the use of criminal history information in pre-employment screening by San Francisco employers, contractors, and affordable...more

Did You Know…San Francisco “Bans The Box”: Are Your Job Applications Up To Snuff?

San Francisco recently “banned the box” by adopting the Fair Chance Ordinance, which prohibits the popular criminal history check box on employment applications. Last year, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 530...more

San Francisco Employers Beware: New Extensive Restrictions on Use of Criminal Background Information

The use of criminal background checks when hiring employees has become even more limited in San Francisco. On August 13, 2014, the recently passed Fair Chance Ordinance (Ordinance) becomes operative requiring employers doing...more

Employment Law Advisory for March 5, 2014: San Francisco Follows Emerging Trend, Restricts Use of Criminal Records by Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco passed a new law, the Fair Chance Ordinance, that follows an emerging trend and restricts an employer’s ability to seek and utilize information regarding the criminal records of applicants...more

San Francisco Enacts Ordinance Restricting Employers’ Ability to Ask About and Use Criminal History

Effective Aug. 13, 2014, a new San Francisco ordinance prohibits private employers and city contractors from asking job applicants about their criminal history until after the first interview. The Fair Chance ordinance also...more

Ban the Box has Come to San Francisco: Is Your Employment Recruiting Process in Compliance?

San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance. Effective March 16, 2014, a new San Francisco city ordinance, called the Fair Chance Ordinance, will strictly limit an employer’s ability to gather and utilize information about the...more

San Francisco Mayor Signs Ordinance To “Ban The Box” On Employment Applications

On February 14, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee signed San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance, which “bans the box” on employment applications and restricts private employers’ ability to use criminal history...more

San Francisco Passes Fair Chance Ordinance Restricting Employers’ Ability to Use Criminal History Information

San Francisco has “banned-the-box” on employment applications and has added other restrictions on private employers’ ability to obtain and use criminal history information. The City and County of San Francisco Board of...more

San Francisco "Bans the Box" for Private Employers and City Contractors

The Mayor of San Francisco recently signed an ordinance that prohibits private employers and city contractors and subcontractors (collectively "contractors") from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until...more

San Francisco “Bans The Box” For Private Employers

As we first discussed here, “ban the box” state laws and local ordinances are picking up traction nationwide. Measures vary in scope and nature, but the typical policy bars employers from asking for criminal history...more

“Ban-the-Box” and Beyond: Employers That Do Business In or Contract with the City of San Francisco Should Review Sweeping...

On February 11, 2014, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed sweeping amendments to San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12 (“the amendments” or “the ordinances”) that significantly...more

San Francisco Bans the Box for Private Sector Employers

San Francisco is the most recent U.S. jurisdiction to adopt a “ban the box” ordinance restricting private sector employers’ rights to seek information about an applicant’s criminal history. The San Francisco Fair Chance...more

“Ban the Box” Ascendant: States Increasingly Restricting Applicant Criminal Record Inquiries

On January 1, 2014, it became illegal for Rhode Island employers to ask about criminal convictions on job applications. Employers in that state now face civil rights charges, monetary damages, and even liability for...more

New North Carolina Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants for Information About Expunged Criminal Arrests, Charges, and...

Imagine a scenario where the applicant you are about to hire as Chief Financial Officer was convicted of a crime, perhaps embezzlement, that he managed to get expunged, but you’ll never know because you can’t ask him about...more

Quirky Question #218, Minnesota Ban-The-Box

We are a private employer in the State of Minnesota and are expanding rapidly. In years past, we have received hundreds, sometimes thousands, of applications for each position advertised. In an effort to increase efficiency...more

EEOC Provides Clarification on Use of Criminal History Information in Hiring Decisions

What are the requirements for employers that use criminal history information in making employment decisions? Are employers required to take on the onerous task of individually assessing applicants to ensure that they do not...more

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