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A closer look at Austin’s new ‘ban the box’ ordinance

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On March 24, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance—the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance—which took effect April 4. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12.

It prohibits covered employers from inquiring about an individual’s criminal history information, including running background checks, until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. 

Austin employers will (or should) already be familiar with the city’s new ordinance.

Here, we discuss the new rules as food for thought for employers weighing whether to set up shop in Austin—and to provide employers and HR professionals who may soon face their own encounters with the “ban-the-box” movement a glimpse at what the future may hold.

What employers are covered?

Covered employers are defined by the ordinance as employers (including staffing agencies) with at least 15 individuals who primarily work in Austin for each working day for 2...(register to read more)

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