Oct. 3, 2023
California’s Fair Chance Act is part of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and its primary goal is to help individuals with criminal backgrounds remove some of the barriers to finding gainful employment. Unless exempt, employers in California must, by law, minimize the use of criminal background checks.
In fact, employers shouldn’t consider a candidate’s criminal record until after making a conditional job offer. Even then, there are specific steps employers must take to rescind the job offer due to any criminal background information.