In what may be a preview of things to come for all California employers, the Los Angeles City Council has voted (13-1) to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ (effective Jan 1, 2017) that will “Ban the Box” from job applications. The initiative will forbid public and private employers with more than 10 employees from asking applicants about criminal records while also requiring the delay of background checks until conditional job offers are made, according to a blog on the website of Councilman Curren D. Price (District 9).Councilman Price stated in the blog entitled ‘Reducing Barriers to Employment for the Formerly Incarcerated’: "I’m proud to say the City’s version of “ban the box” is one of the most progressive in the nation. Not only does Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Policy apply to contractors doing business with the City, but it also applies to private employers with 10 or more employees.”
The Ban the Box movement is rapidly spreading across the United States. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 24 states and over 150 cities and counties have Ban the Box laws to help remove barriers to employment for qualified workers with criminal records so they can be judged first on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualifications to do the job.
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