Ban-The-Box: A Lesson from California

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California is only one of 34 states that have ban-the-box laws. While this article deals with California-specific interactions between ban-the-box laws and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), it provides a useful lesson for any employer who deals with similar issues.

California is rife with regulation of how employers may obtain and consider background check information for use in hiring and personnel decisions. The state’s ban-the-box law and the Los Angeles and San Francisco ordinances and amendments to the California Labor Code set strict rules on when and how employers can consider criminal history in employment.

Before 2014, when

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