City of Los Angeles Passes “Ban-The-Box” Ordinance

  21 December 2016

The City of Los Angeles has passed an ordinance limiting private employers in Los Angeles from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made to that individual.

“Employer”means any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, labor organization, group of persons, association, or other organization that is located or doing business in the City, and that employs ten or more employees, including the owner or owners and management and supervisorial employees. “Employee” refers to an individual who performs at least two hours of work on average each week within the geographic boundaries of the City for an employer; and who is qualified for minimum wage under California law. “Conviction” refers to a felony or misdemeanor, provided that the conviction is one for which the person has been placed on probation, fined, imprisoned or paroled.  The ordinance is in effect as of January 22, 2017, although there is a 6-month grace period before penalties apply for violations. Read more here.