Philadelphia Employment Law News

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Can Employers Ask About an Applicant's Criminal History?

Employers perform background checks for a number of reasons. Whether or not it's for a valid reason, an applicant's background check can affect a candidate's ability to get a job. But in Philadelphia, employers should be wary of digging into a candidate's criminal history -- it could be illegal.

In step with many states and cities across the country, the city of Philadelphia restricts an employer's ability to ask job applicants about their criminal history.