Criminal History in Employment

The Fair Chance Act (Assembly Bill No. 1008), effective January 1, 2018, added a new section to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (at Government Code § 12952) making it illegal for most employers in California to ask about the criminal record of job applicants before making a job offer. This means ads, job applications, and interview questions cannot include inquiries into an applicant’s criminal record. The purpose of the law is to allow applicants to be judged based on their qualifications.