The City of Los Angeles passed a new law, which takes effect January 22, 2017. The Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring provides protections for job applicants who have criminal backgrounds. The law applies to any employer doing business in the city who has 10 or more employees.

Some Requirements of the Law

Employers may not inquire about or seek information related to an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

If an employer decides to rescind an offer of employment based on a criminal background check, the employer is required to perform an individualized written assessment of the applicant. The employer must then provide the applicant with a copy of the assessment.

In addition, the employer is required to hold the job open for at least 5 days from the date that the offer of employment was rescinded.

During this time, as part of the Fair Chance Process, applicants must have the opportunity to provide information or documentation to the employer regarding the accuracy of their criminal history. Examples would be evidence of their rehabilitation or other mitigating factors.

How to Take the Worry Out of Being in Compliance

If you sign up for our City/County Poster 1-Year Plan, you will automatically receive the updated Los Angeles poster as soon as it becomes available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many changes occur during the year, you can count on us to keep you in compliance!