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“Ban the Box” and Background Checks: Understanding Evolving Obligations: Following a string of jurisdictions that have adopted “ban the box” legislation, employers must be ever vigilant about these laws’ complex compliance requirements, while continuing to be mindful of their obligations under the separate, but equally important, Fair Credit Reporting Act. Cities from Los Angeles to Seattle to Philadelphia to New York have enacted “ban the box” ordinances, which significantly restrict employers from inquiring about or using job candidates’ criminal histories in employment decisions. For employers that operate in multiple jurisdictions, how should they address potentially conflicting requirements? And how will all of these changes impact the background screening processes, particularly concerning criminal history information?