State Ban the Box Laws

State Ban the Box Laws

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 state and local 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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