Fair Chance Act:
Guidance for California Employers and Job Applicants

The Fair Chance Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2018, is a California law that aims to reduce undue barriers to employment for individuals with criminal histories. This law generally prohibits employers with five or more employees from asking a job candidate about conviction history before making a job offer, among other requirements. This type of law is also known as a “Ban the Box” law. Learn more about this law in the resources below.

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