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Ban the Box Laws by State: A Guide for Employers

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Ban the Box Laws by State: A Guide for Employers

Ban the Box Laws By State

“Ban the box” regulations refer to an effort by civil rights advocates to remove the checkbox from employment applications that asks job seekers to identify any criminal record they might have. Supporters of ban the box argue that the qualifications of an applicant should be considered ahead of their criminal history, so as not to discriminate against those with past legal trouble.

Ban the box laws can be specific to public sector employees, private sector employees, or both. These rules vary by state, county, and city–do you know how your local regulations might impact your company’s hiring practices?

Generally speaking, any county or city laws are in addition to state regulations. This is a guide only; your company is responsible for staying up-to-date on the legal requirements of your jurisdiction.

Read on to ensure you are up-to-date on your jurisdiction’s fair-chance employment laws. If you still have questions, please contact us!

Alabama

Birmingham (county)

Arizona

State Regulations

Glendale (city)

Pima (county)

Phoenix  (city)

Tempe (city)

Tucson (city)

Arkansas

Pulaski  (county)

California

State regulations effective January 1, 2018–total ban statewide

Colorado

Denver (city)

Connecticut

State regulations–total ban statewide

Florida

Broward (county)

Clearwater (city)

Daytona Beach (city)

Fort Myers (city)

Gainesville (city)

Jacksonville (city)

Miami-Dade (county)

Orlando (city)

Pompano Beach (city)

Sarasota  (city)

St. Petersburg (city)

Tampa (city)

Tallahassee (city)

Georgia

State regulations

Albany (city)

Atlanta (city)

Augusta (city)

Cherokee (county)

Columbus (city)

Fulton (county)

Macon-Bibb (county)

Hawaii

State regulations–all employers must ban the box until after a conditional offer

Illinois

State regulations–public sector law

State regulations–private sector law

Chicago (city)–public and private sector law (Note: Chicago also includes a credit history restriction)

Indiana

State Regulations –public sector law

Kansas

Johnson (county)

Kansas City (city) and Wyandotte (county)

Topeka (city)

Wichita (city)

Kentucky

State regulations–public sector law

Louisville (city)

Louisiana

State regulations–public sector law

Baton Rouge (city)

New Orleans (city)

Maryland

State regulations–public sector law

Baltimore (city)–additional regulations for Baltimore

Montgomery (county)

Prince George’s (county)

Massachusetts

State regulations

Boston (city)

Cambridge (city)

Worcester (city)

Michigan

Ann Arbor (city)

Detroit (city)

Detroit (vendor law)

East Lansing (city)

Genesee (county)

Kalamazoo (city)

Muskegon (county)

Minnesota

State regulations–public and private sector employees

St. Paul (city)

Missouri

State regulations–public sector

Columbia (city)

Jackson (county)

Kansas City (city)

St. Louis (city)

Nebraska

State regulations–public sector

Nevada

North Las Vegas (city)

New Jersey

State regulations–public and private sector

New Mexico

State regulations–public sector

New York

State regulations–public sector

Albany (county)

Buffalo (city)

Dutchess (county)

Ithaca (city)

Kingston (city)

Newburgh (city)

New York City (city)

Rochester (city)

Syracuse (city)

Tompkins (county)

Ulster (county)

Woodstock (city)

Yonkers (city)

North Carolina

Asheville (city)

Buncombe (county)

Carrboro (town)

Charlotte (city)

Cumberland (county)

Durham (city)

Mecklenburg (county)

Wake (county)

Ohio

State regulations–public sector law

Oklahoma

State regulations–public sector law

Oregon

State regulations–public and private sector law

Multnomah (county)

Portland (city)

Pennsylvania

State regulations–public sector law

State regulations–public and private sector

Allegheny (county)

Allentown (city)

Bethlehem (city)

Lancaster (city)

Philadelphia (city)–public sector law

Philadelphia (city)–private sector law

Pittsburgh (city)

Reading (city)

Rhode Island

State regulations–public and private sector law

Providence (city)

South Carolina

Spartanburg (city)

York (county)

Tennessee

State regulations–public sector

Chattanooga (city)

Hamilton (county)

Memphis (city)

Nashville (city)

Texas

State regulations–public sector

State regulations–private sector

San Antonio (city)

Travis (county)

Utah

State regulations–public sector

Vermont

State regulations–public and private sector

Virginia

State regulations–public sector

Washington

Pierce (county)

Seattle (city)–public and private sector

Spokane (city)

Tacoma (city)

Wisconsin

State regulations–public sector

Dane (county)

Madison (city)

Milwaukee (city)

Milwaukee (county)

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