Ban the Box Cities & Counties Page
The Ban the Box movement that seeks to remove the box from job applications that applicants must check if they answer "Yes" to the question asking if they have past criminal records is rapidly spreading across the United States. More than 100 cities and counties have passed some form of Ban the Box legislation. More information about specific cities is also below:
Ban the Box Cities and Counties:
Here are some of the U.S. cities and counties that have Ban the Box laws. For a complete list, visit the National Employment Law Project (NELP) Ban the Box page at www.nelp.org/publication/ban-the-box-fair-chance-hiring-state-and-local-guide/.
- Arizona: Tucson, AZ California (State Law): Alameda County, CA / Berkeley, CA / Carson, CA / Compton, CA / East Palo Alto, CA / Los Angeles, CA / Oakland, CA / Pasadena, CA / Richmond, CA / San Francisco, CA / Santa Clara County, CA Colorado (State Law) Connecticut (State Law): Bridgeport, CT / Hartford, CT / New Haven, CT / Norwich, CT Delaware (State Law): New Castle County, DE / Wilmington, DE Florida: Jacksonville, FL / St. Petersburg, FL / Tampa, FL / Sarasota, FL Georgia (State Law): Atlanta, GA / Fulton County, GA Hawaii (State Law) Illinois (State Law): Chicago, IL Indiana: Indianapolis, IN Kansas: Kansas City, KS Kentucky: Louisville, KY Louisana: New Orleans, LA Maryland (State Law): Baltimore, MD / Montgomery County, MD / Prince George’s County, MD Massachusetts (State Law): Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA / Worcester, MA Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI / Detroit, MI / East Lansing, MI / Genesee County, MI / Kalamazoo, MI / Muskegon County, MI Minnesota (State Law): Minneapolis, MN / St. Paul, MN Missouri (State Law): Columbia, MO / Kansas City, MO / St. Louis, MO Nebraska (State Law) New Jersey (State Law): Atlantic City, NJ / Newark, NJ New Mexico (State Law) New York: Buffalo, NY / New York, NY / Rochester, NY / Syracuse, NY / Ulster County, NY / Yonkers, NY North Carolina: Carrboro, NC / Charlotte, NC / Cumberland County, NC / Durham City, NC / Durham County, NC / Spring Lake, NC Ohio (State Law): Akron, OH / Canton, OH / Cincinnati, OH / Cleveland, OH / Cuyahoga County, OH / Dayton, OH / Hamilton County, OH / Massillon, OH / Summit County, OH / Youngstown, OH Oregon (State Law): Multnomah County, OR / Portland, OR Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, PA / Lancaster, PA / Philadelphia, PA / Pittsburgh, PA Rhode Island (State Law): Providence, RI Tennessee: Hamilton County, TN / Memphis, TN Texas: Austin, TX / Travis County, TX Vermont (State Law) Virginia (State Law): Alexandria, VA / Arlington County, VA / Charlottesville, VA / Danville, VA / Fairfax County, VA / Fredericksburg, VA / Newport News, VA / Norfolk, VA / Petersburg, VA / Portsmouth, VA / Richmond, VA / Roanoke, VA / Virginia Beach, VA Washington: Seattle, WA / Spokane, WA Washington, DC Wisconsin: Dane County, WI / Milwaukee County, WI
San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance
Effective August 13, 2014, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance – also known as the Ban the Box Ordinance – requires employers with San Francisco City or County offices and worksites who have 20 or more employees to follow strict rules regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring and employment decisions.
- Visit the San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Page
- View the San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance "Cheat Sheet" Infographic
- Complete Text of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance
- Amendment to Fair Chance Ordinance passed on December 9, 2014
- Legislative Digest Summary of Amendment
- San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions
New York City Fair Chance Act
Effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act (FCRA) amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to prohibit most employers in the city from inquiring about criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. To learn more, read the information below:
- Full text of the Fair Chance Act (FCA) Int. No. 318-A from The New York City Council website
- Fair Chance Act Notice to be filled out if job applicant has a criminal record
- NEW YORK CORRECTION LAW ARTICLE 23-A
- Seyfarth Shaw LLP One Minute Memo® from October 23, 2015 "UPDATED: Best Practices for Complying with the New York City Fair Chance Act."
- ESR News Blog from October 21, 2015 "New York City Employers Must Ban the Box Starting October 27."
- ESR News Blog from June 11, 2015 "New York City Council Passes Ban the Box Bill for Private Sector."
Philadelphia Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance
On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter aigned Ban the Box legislation to help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the “City of Brotherly Love”:
- Update to Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance
- Executive Order No. 05-15 - Background Checks for City Employment
- Mayor Nutter Signs Legislation Supporting Returning Citizens Looking for Employment
Los Angeles “Fair Chance Initiative”
On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law the “Fair Chance Initiative,” an ordinance that restricts employers from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The law takes effect January 22, 2017:
- Mayor Garcetti Signs Historic Fair Chance Initiative into Law
- Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCHIO)
- Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22
- Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form
- Rules and Regulations Implementing the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance
- Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Infographic
ESR also has a Special Report on the LA Ban the Box Ordinance available for clients only. To learn more, call 888.999.4474.
More Information about Ban the Box
Please contact Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) by calling 415-898-0044 or 888.999.4474 (Toll Free) or visiting http://www.esrcheck.com/Contact-Us/.