Ban-the-Box Law Summary

Ban-the-Box Law Summary

When Can An Employer Ask About Criminal History?

Ban-the-box laws limit when an employer may permissibly ask about an individual's criminal history.

  • Each ban-the-box law prohibits any covered employer from asking about criminal history until after a first interview or conditional offer.
  • However, each law is nuanced as to what can be asked, and when it can be asked.
  • In addition, several of such laws impose additional obligations on employers regarding the inquiry into and use of criminal history information for employment purposes.

This chart describes ban-the-box laws that have been passed in certain states and municipalities.

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