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San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance

Beginning August 13, 2014, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) – 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. The San Francisco Ban the Box Ordinance Page created by Employment Screening Resources (ESR) contains links to information and resources.


This San Francisco Ban the Box "Cheat Sheet" Infographic was created by ESR to help San Francisco City and County employers quickly and easily understand the Fair Chance Ordinance.

Ban the Box WEBINAR

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and author of "The Safe Hiring Manual," presented the webinar "Ban the Box - What Employers Need to Know" on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to show how Ban the Box laws that remove questions about criminal records of applicants from job applications are fast becoming a national standard that will soon affect all employers.

What Is Ban the Box?

"Ban the Box" 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. By delaying this question until later in the hiring process, reformed ex-offenders can be judged first on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualifications to do the job.

Ban the Box Notice

San Francisco City and County employers must post this notice where readily accessible to job applicants and employees.

more Ban the Box information

Here is addition information for San Francisco City and County employers about the Fair Chance Ordinance.

Employers with questions about rights and responsibilities under the Fair Chance Ordinance may contact the City & County of San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement by calling 415-554-5192 or emailing

Ban the Box article by attorney lester rosen

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Lester Rosen is author of "The Safe Hiring Manual" and a nationally recognized background check expert. He has written a short article explaining the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

more information about ESR

Founded by Attorney Lester Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources ® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority ®’ – is a nationwide background screening firm located in the San Francisco Bay area. ESR is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS ®) and certified by a Service Organization Control SOC 2 Audit Report for security, confidentiality, and privacy. For more information about ESR, visit, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email

Certified with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners ESR's SOC 2 Audit Report confirms it meets high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for protecting customer information PCI-DDS Compliance Privacy Shield Framework Services Perfromed in the USA Safe Hiring Manual Founding Member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners