Effective March 14, 2016, Philadelphia's "ban the box" ordinance will expand to cover all employers in the city regardless of size. In addition, the amended law will prohibit employers from asking about an applicant's criminal history or conducting a background check until a conditional employment offer has been made.
An employer's use of background checks raises many compliance issues, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act; the state "ban the box" trend that prevent employers from asking criminal history questions on initial job applications; and ensuring background checks do not discriminate against minority job applicants.
One of the fastest-moving trends in employment law involves the plethora of "ban the box" laws that have sprouted up in a dozen states and more than 60 municipalities. These laws make it illegal to include criminal history questions on initial job applications.
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