Criminal History

New York City Enacts Fair Chance Act

Yesterday, Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed into law the Fair Chance Act, prohibiting private employers in New York City from inquiring into an applicant's past criminal convictions until after a conditional offer employment has been made. If, after conducting a background check, the employer withdraws the offer, it must explain the decision to the applicant in writing and hold the position open for 3 business days so the applicant can respond. To read more ->


Washington, D.C. - Ban the Box Law

D.C. Official Code §24-1351, Title I, Part B et. seq.
The District of Columbia lists October 31, 2014 as the estimated effective date, as published by the State Rules Register.
The restriction in regard to inquiring into a criminal record can only be made:  "After making a conditional offer of employment".  This restrictions does not apply to:
  1. Employers with ten or fewer employees within the District of Columbia.


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