Nation’s Newest & Strongest “Ban the Box” Law Highlights Need for Employers to Work With Background Screening Companies; States CriminalBackgroundRecords.com

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The new ordinance in Los Angeles is clearly one of the most applicant friendly laws and sends a clear signal of change across the nation regarding the use of criminal background records as part of a pre-employment background check.

Earlier in 2017 the City of Los Angeles’ “Ban the Box” ordinance went into effect, although a grace period for full compliance will extend into mid-year, and will dramatically change how job applications are viewed and how applicants are vetted. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com states: “The new ordinance in Los Angeles is clearly one of the most applicant friendly laws and sends a clear signal of change across the nation regarding the use of criminal background records as part of a pre-employment background check.”

Los Angeles continues to be one of the most progressive cities in the country and the “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” Ordinance is another example. It is an aggressive law seeking to end hiring discrimination based on criminal history.

From EmploymentLawBlog.info (Feb 24, 17):

Last month, Los Angeles joined a growing group of U.S. cities taking steps to end hiring discrimination based on a job applicant’s criminal history. The “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” ordinance took effect on January 22 and is arguably the strongest and most progressive so-called “Ban the Box” law in the country. (1)

The Fair Chance Initiative sets the rules to checking criminal records of job applicants in a way that is similar to other related laws. The question of criminal history is removed from the application, the position being applied for must have very clear and well defined reasons to have…

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