Diversity & Inclusion
The city of Los Angeles recently passed an ordinance called the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box),1 which will impact employers located or doing business in Los Angeles who employ more than 10 employees.2 Effective January 22, 2017, covered employers may not inquire into or require disclosure of the criminal history (including criminal convictions) of an applicant for employment until a conditional offer of employment has been made to the applicant.
Once a conditional offer has been made, employers may not take adverse action against an applicant based on his/her criminal history without first providing the applicant a “Fair Chance Process,” which requires that:
Further, the new ordinance includes notice and posting requirements. Employers must:
Companies with employees in the city of Los Angeles should plan for the ordinance by developing a “fair chance process” to be incorporated into their hiring practices, preparing the requisite postings and notices, and updating their job application forms and background check processes, as well as covered employment solicitations.
1 Click here for a copy of the ordinance.
2 Employee means any individual who performs at least two hours of work on average each week within the geographic boundaries of the city of Los Angeles for an employer.
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