City of Chicago Passes Bill to “Ban-the-Box” on Criminal Records

(Last Updated On: October 26, 2018)

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Special Announcement to all City of Chicago employers:

Effective January 01, 2015, the City of Chicago will impose, among other things, a law that restricts employers in the city from asking about criminal records. This law is known as the “Ban-the-Box” legislation.

Under the law, the following restrictions, among others, will apply:

An employer or employment agency may not inquire about or require disclosure of the criminal records of an applicant until the applicant has been determined qualified for the position and notified that the applicant has been selected for an interview by the employer or employment agency or, if there is not an interview, until after a conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant by the employer or employment agency.

There are several exceptions to this law, including when the position is required by law to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions.

The full text of this ordinance is available at City of Chicago City Ordinance O2014-8347

This law piggybacks off the Illinois state law by increasing the scope to all employers, rather than those with at least 15 employees.

This law will require a review of the hiring process in place and may require changes to that process. In order to comply with this law, Justifacts recommends that you consult with your legal department. This will help your company determine what changes need to be made to your hiring process.


It is important to note that Justifacts is providing this information as a service to our clients. None of the information contained herein should be construed as legal advice, nor is Justifacts engaged to provide legal advice. We go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful. We recommend you consult your attorney or legal department if you want assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.


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