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Colorado Ban the Box Now Applicable for All Employers

Effective September 1, 2021, the Colorado Chance to Compete Act prohibits all employers from:

  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
  • Stating on an employment application, including an electronic application, that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
  • Inquiring into, or requiring disclosure of, an applicant’s criminal history on an initial written or electronic application form.

Previously, the the “ban the box” law only applied to employers with 11 or more employees.

Additional information is available from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.

Next Steps Employers

Employers should review and update their recruitment and hiring practices, including job advertisements and employment applications, to remove criminal history inquiries and train hiring managers and recruiters on the requirements of the law.

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