Q. Our company has an office in Philadelphia. Can we ask about an applicant’s criminal and arrest record when recruiting employees to work there?
A. Reflecting the fact that approximately one-fifth of its population has some type of criminal record and that nearly 3,200 people are released from its prison system annually, Philadelphia recently became the latest city in the country to strengthen protections for job applicants with criminal convictions.
Effective July 12, 2011, Philadelphia’s “Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards” is intended to give an individual with a criminal record an opportunity to be judged on his or her own merit, from the time he or she submits an application at least until the completion of the first interview.
The new law only applies to employers with 10 or more employees within the city of Philadelphia. An employer may not take adverse action against an applicant based on any arrest or crimina...(register to read more)