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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

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.

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:

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”:

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:

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

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