The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance (PDF) on February 4, 2014 (see the Legislative Digest). Starting August 13, 2014, the Fair Chance Ordinance requires housing providers and some employers to review an individual's qualifications before inquiring about that person's arrest and conviction record(s) and related information. The ordinance applies to employers with 20 or more employees, City contractors, and housing providers, and requires that they limit the use of criminal history information and follow certain procedures and restrictions when inquiring about and using conviction history information.
New! Fair Chance Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions on employment and City contracting.
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1. Employers citywide with 20 or more employees: The ordinance covers employees and applicants in the City and County of San Francisco whose current or prospective employer has 20 or more employees (total worldwide). See Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.
2. City contractors and subcontractors: The ordinance covers applicants and employees who would be or are performing work under a contract or lease with the City and County of San Francisco. See Administrative Code Section 12T
3. Housing providers: See the Human Rights Commission website