This week, Philadelphia’s amended “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance” went into effect, continuing the trend of ban the box laws that are in effect around the country. Employers in Philadelphia must now provide a conditional offer before running a criminal background check, must limit themselves to information on criminal records that are at most seven years old and also have certain notification requirements. More detail can be found on the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations’ webpage.
Ban the box laws are a complex set of regulations that span various states, counties and local municipalities. To learn more, you can download HireRight’s summary of State Ban the Box Laws.
For more information about areas with ban-the-box legislation, as well as basic information about the initiative and incarceration statistics, view this 2014 infographic:
When Can An Employer Ask About Criminal History?
White Paper: State Ban the Box Laws
This chart describes the question of “when” an employer may ask about criminal histories.