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California’s Fair Chance Act: Key Points


As Hire Image previously reported, California’s Fair Chance Act or “Ban the Box” law primarily bars employers with five or more employees from inquiring about an applicant’s conviction history until extending a job offer.

In 2021, California’s Civil Rights Department launched new initiatives to pinpoint and rectify Fair Chance Act breaches. Consequently, the department has intensified enforcement of the statute. Therefore, it is crucial for employers subject to the law to grasp its mandates.

Following a conditional offer, employers are still prohibited from inquiring about or taking into the account of the following information:

  • Arrests without resulting convictions.
  • Participation in pretrial or posttrial diversion programs.
  • Convictions that have been sealed, dismissed expunged or legally erased.

There are also crucial steps to follow when rescinding a conditional job offer based on an applicant’s criminal history.

Click here to learn more.

For more information on Ban the Box and other laws, and whether they affect your state, visit our resource guide at the Hire Image Resource Library.

Hire Image is a division of Orange Tree Employment Screening, uniting our strengths to design a background screening program in your best interest and deliver unmatched client experience.

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