New York City Enacts 'Ban the Box' Law - Barring Early Criminal Checks on Job Applicants

Agents of America

PUBLISHED ON: July 23, 2015

(This article was originally published in Anderson Kill's Employment Law Insider Alert, July 9, 2015)

Joining a growing trend, on June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Fair Chance Act, a species of so-called "ban the box" laws, which bars New York City employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history at the early stages of the employment process. Removing such questions (e.g., "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?") at the job application or initial job interview stage is part of a growing national movement to ban the box regarding criminal conviction inquiries.