Advisory on Los Angeles’ Ban-the-Box Directives Featured in Practical Law

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Thomson Reuters Practical Law recently featured an Act Now Advisory, “New Los Angeles Regulations Provide Clarity on Ban-the-Box Directives,” authored by attorneys Adam C. Abrahms, Amy B. Messigian, and Katrina J. Walasik.

Following is an excerpt from the Advisory:

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Contract Administration published Rules and Regulations (“Regulations”) to assist employers in Los Angeles—including city contractors and subcontractors—with implementing the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (“Fair Chance Ordinance”). As discussed in our prior Act Now Advisory and recent blog post, the Fair Chance Ordinance took effect on January 22, 2017. Among other things, the Fair Chance Ordinance prohibits employers and city contractors and subcontractors that are physically operating within the city of Los Angeles from seeking a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment is extended. After a conditional offer of employment is made, employers may request information regarding the applicant’s criminal history, but the conditional offer can only be withdrawn pursuant to the “Fair Chance Process.” Employers have until July 1, 2017, to comply with the terms of the Fair Chance Ordinance before penalties and fines are enforced.