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Los Angeles: ‘Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring’ FAQs and Guidance Now Available

Guidance and FAQs Available for Download

The City of Los Angeles has released FAQs and guidance regarding the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Background
The ordinance—generally applicable to (among other entities) employers that are located or doing business in Los Angeles, and that employ 10 or more employees—limits employers’ consideration of applicants’ criminal history. The ordinance contains provisions regarding (among other things) employment application procedures, employer assessment of criminal history, notice, posting requirements, and recordkeeping.

Note: City contractors are subject to a related separate ordinance.

The City of Los Angeles previously released a required notice to applicants and employees and a sample letter to rescind an employment offer. The city has also released additional guidance and FAQs.

Employer Resources
Among other things, the city’s website includes the following employer resources:

The ordinance became effective on January 22, 2017. According to the FAQs, enforcement of the monetary fines and penalties against employers under the Municipal Code is not expected to commence until July 1, 2017. However, the city is reminding employers that compliance with the ordinance is required and that employers may be cited by the city for violations.

Note: Employers also must comply with state laws and regulations that limit access to and consideration of certain criminal history information. Affected employers may wish to consult with a knowledgeable employment law attorney to ensure compliance with applicable law.

Click here to view the city’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring resources in their entirety.

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