December 9, 2016
The City of Los Angeles, California recently approved a new Ban-the-Box ordinance. This ordinance is titled the, “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring,” and was signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti on December 9, 2016. The ordinance has an effective date of January 22, 2017 and is designed to prevent private employers (non-government) within the Los Angeles city limits with 10 or more employees from requiring a job applicant to disclose criminal history, or from companies performing criminal background checks, until after a conditional offer of employment has been made to the applicant.
The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring requires employers to perform an individual written assessment of each applicant’s criminal history, as related to the potential risks inherent to the job duties the applicant is seeking. This new hiring process is very similar to the the New York City Article 23-A process and requires private employers to consider factors established by the EEOC and the City of Los Angeles within there assessment. Additional factors private employers should consider:
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