San Antonio Enacts “Ban the Box” Law

Job applicants in San Antonio, Texas, will no longer have to fill out the box on the application indicating whether they’ve ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. The city council became the first city in the deep South to pass “ban the box” legislation last month.

Under the law, employers won’t be able to delve into the question until after a condition offer of employment.

The law applies to any business with 15 or more employees. The ban applies to criminal history questions for many types of “employment,” including temporary and seasonal work, contract and contingent employment, work through a temporary or other employment agency, and participation in a vocational, apprenticeship, or educational training program

San Antonio joins 100 U.S. cities and 19 states that have adopted laws delaying criminal background checks until later in the hiring process.


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