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City of Philadelphia Strengthens Its “Ban on the Box” with Amendment

06 Feb

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employersJanuary 19, 2024

What happened?

On December 20, 2023, Philadelphia’s city mayor signed Bill 230571, amending its Fair Criminal Record Screening Standards.

What are the details? 

The amended Ordinance prohibits: 

(1) inquiries on employment applications regarding arrests and convictions 

(2) inquiries and personnel decisions based on records of an arrest that did not result in a conviction. 

The purpose of this is to increase the hiring and reduce the recidivism of qualified ex-offenders through employment.

The aim of this initiative is to provide more job opportunities for qualified ex-offenders and reduce the likelihood of them returning to prison. It is illegal for employers to reject an applicant or terminate an employee based on a conviction that has been overturned.

Business Considerations 

  • Create or update your background check policies and practices regarding the “Ban the Box” provisions. 
  • You may want to ensure how to oversee situations in which a candidate identifies that an offense falls in a post-conviction relief before potentially denying employment based on such a record.


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