Hiring Ordinance

Gainesville Florida Soon To Vote On Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance

The city commission in Gainesville, Florida, voted to move forward with a new Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance. This ordinance will go before the commission for discussion. This decision is good news for people with a criminal history, as it bans employers from conducting a background check until after they have made a conditional offer of employment.

In Gainesville, Florida, employers with fifteen or more employers can expect the ordinance to apply to them. This law will require these businesses to adhere to several requirements that give applicants with a criminal history a better chance of finding a job.

The new ban-the-box type law will prohibit these employers from including discriminating information. For example, job listings cannot state or imply that anyone with a criminal history should expect no chance of receiving a job offer. It will also require employers to make a conditional offer of employment before they can inquire about a candidate’s criminal history. Finally, employers cannot consider any arrests that did not result in a conviction.

This law could considerably increase job opportunities for job hunters with a criminal record. However, it is crucial to remember that employers can still perform background checks if you have a criminal record. This law does not bar them from running criminal background checks; it only requires employers to make a conditional job offer before requesting your permission to run the check.

Before an employer can disqualify you based on your criminal history, they must take the following steps:

  • Inform you that they intend to take adverse action based on your criminal history;
  • Provide you with a copy of the criminal records they used when considering your application;
  • Give you a reasonable opportunity to provide them with additional context concerning the criminal history records and any information showing rehabilitation or good conduct since the occurrence of the conduct in question.

If the employer decides to disqualify you, they must inform you in writing that they made their decision based on your criminal history. In addition, they must remind you that you have a right to file a complaint with the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

This new ordinance can increase your job opportunities, but you must be familiar with the law and your background. The best way to do this is by acquiring a self-background check.

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