Philadelphia “Bans the Box,” Precluding Inquiries Regarding Criminal History in Employment Applications

April 28, 2011
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter recently signed into law the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards Ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking prospective employees on job applications and before a first interview about criminal convictions. In this update, we examine the scope of the new law, its affect on Philadelphia employers and how it relates to other laws regulating an employer’s ability to access and use criminal history information.