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Oakland Tenants Now Have Ban the Box Rights in Housing

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Oakland became the first city in California to ban criminal background checks in nearly all rental housing units. The Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, effective immediately, prohibits landlords from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants. Covered units include subsidized affordable and nonprofit housing units. Accessory ...

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Looking for Work with Conviction History Involving Drug or Alcohol Abuse? Request Reasonable Accommodation During Ban the Box Screening

Ban the Box laws generally prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s conviction history before making a conditional employment offer.  Once the employer makes the offer, they are allowed to investigate the applicant’s conviction history.  After completing an individualized assessment, the employer cannot deny employment unless the criminal history, in ...

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5 Things You Must Do Now if an Employer Violated Ban the Box

California's Ban the Box Law

California’s Ban the Box Law, officially known as the California Fair Chance Act, assists Californians with conviction histories with re-entry into society by prohibiting employers from asking about conviction history before making a job offer.  Searching for employment with a criminal record is tough.  Consequently, the Ban the Box Law ...

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