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May 11, 2011

Attention : Philadelphia Employers

NOTICE: City of Philadelphia Bill No. 110111-A, “Ban the Box”

As you may be aware, the City of Philadelphia recently passed “Ban the Box” legislation, identified as Bill No. 110111-A, on April 13, 2011.  The law will become effective on July 12, 2011.  As of that date, employers in the City of Philadelphia CANNOT ask an applicant to disclose prior criminal history during certain times within the application process.  Specifically, the bill prohibits both public and private employers with 10 or more employees within the City of Philadelphia from requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history until AFTER the employer accepts the employment application and completes the first telephone or in-person employment interview.

In addition, the law also prohibits employers in the City of Philadelphia from discriminating against an applicant because his/her criminal record lists a prior arrest that did not result in a conviction.

Regarding this legislation, US Security Care would like to inform you of the following:

a) This law has no impact on your ability to request criminal history background screenings of your applicants after the application process is complete (that is, after you have accepted the application and completed the first interview).

b) This law has no impact on US Security Care’s ability to provide you with pre-employment screening products in any way, including criminal history searches.

c) You may wish to have your legal counsel review your current employment applications for questions regarding criminal history and/or previous convictions.  A copy of the bill is attached for your convenience in forwarding to your legal counsel, if you so desire.  Please note that US Security Care cannot provide legal advice.

To view the City of Philadelphia BILL NO. 110111-A, click on the following link:http://legislation.phila.gov/attachments/11273.pdf
Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your time and attention.
Gregory J. Kirsch
U.S. Security Care, Inc.
Investigations Manager
Direct: 215-591-2519
Cell: 215-313-1759
Fax: 866-282-8772

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