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San Francisco’s Fair Chance law limits criminal background checks

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San Francisco has “banned-the-box” on employment applications and has added other restrictions on private employers’ ability to obtain and use criminal history information. The City and County of San Fran­­cisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordi­­­­nance in February, and the new law goes into effect Aug. 13. 

The new law applies to ­employers with 20 or more employees, whether they work in or outside of San Fran­­cisco, though its restrictions apply only to employees whose duties are performed in whole or substantial part within city limits.

What the ordinance requires

The ordinance prohibits asking about an applicant’s criminal history on an employment application or during the first live interview. Employers may make criminal history inquiries after the first live interview or a conditional offer of employment. 

Even when an employer can inquire about an applicant’s criminal history, there are some categorie...(register to read more)

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