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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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