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On July 1, 2014, California’s “ban the box” law went into effect. It prohibits public sector employers from asking applicants about their criminal background until after candidates have completed the early stages of the hiring process. The law does not apply to certain employers, such as law enforcement agencies and other positions that require a criminal background check.

If you have been reading our blog (, we post regularly about the states and municipalities that have enacted “ban the box” laws. Corporate Screening expects that in the coming months and years, we will continue to see the passage of more laws of this sort, and these will also affect private employers. We recommend employers review their applications and hiring policies to ensure that they are in compliance with any “ban the box” legislation that may affect them.