AB 218 Implementation Guide: California Ban The Box

A new state law (AB 218—Asm. Dickinson) requires that by July 1, 2014, the State of California, as well as every city, county and special district in the state, have a “ban the box” policy in place so that questions about conviction history do not appear on the government’s initial job applications.  Any inquiries into conviction history must take place later in the hiring process.  The new statute—Section 432.9 in the Labor Code—ensures that job applicants are considered on their qualifications first. All Of Us Or None and the National Employment Law Project have produced a guide that provides the information to implement the new law. The guide also highlights ban-the-box best practices that can help leverage local resources to expand economic opportunities in local communities.

Please read NELP AOUON California Ban the Box Resource Guide 1.31.14

Send the guide to your local city councilmembers, county supervisors, or special districts (like utility or water districts) and ask them to comply with Section 432.9 by July 1st.  It’s also an opportunity to ask them to do more for our communities.

Here’s a TEMPLATE LETTER you can adjust as needed and send to your policymakers:

Dear [Councilmember/Supervisor/Mr./Ms. ___:

I am a constituent of your district and I care about economic opportunity for all our community. 

A new state law (AB 218—Asm. Dickinson) requires that by July 1, 2014, the State of California, as well as every city, county and special district in the state, have a “ban the box” policy in place so that questions about conviction history do not appear on the government’s initial job applications.  Any inquiries into conviction history must take place later in the hiring process.  The new statute—section 432.9 in the Labor Code—ensures that job applicants are considered on their qualifications first. The attached guide describes the basics of the law and highlights ban-the-box best practices.

I’m looking forward to our [city/county/special district] changing its practices to be aligned with the new law by July 1st.

Complying with AB 218, is a simple, first important step.  However, it’s time that we do all we can to provide everyone a fair opportunity to compete for good jobs. It’s time that we ban-the-box here for our contractors and local private employers. Together we can help increase employment opportunities for thousands of Californians who have the job qualifications but find themselves shut out from work because of unfair hiring barriers. 

Can I count on your leadership to ban-the-box for contractors and private employers, too?