New York City Joins a Growing Chorus of Cities and States that Believe in Second Chances: What Does the New “Ban the Box” Legislation Mean for NYC Employers?

December 22, 2015

The New York City Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) went into effect on October 27. With the Act in place, New York City is one of a growing number of cities and states to implement so-called “ban the box” legislation, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history before extending a conditional offer of employment. The Act applies to employers with four or more employees or independent contractors that work for the employer. It covers virtually all types of employers, making limited exceptions for employers that are required to perform background checks pursuant to applicable law and for a limited number of excluded positions, including police officers.

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