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Philadelphia Employers Can’t Consider Exonerated Convictions in Hiring

Effective January 19, 2024, it is unlawful for Philadelphia employers to reject (or have a policy that rejects) an applicant or employee based on a conviction that was exonerated, meaning reversed or vacated by pardon, acquittal, dismissal, or other post-conviction re-examination of the case by a court or other authorized government official.

Criminal records with convictions that aren’t exonerated, that are related to the job, and that create a reasonable risk to the business, coworkers, or customers can be considered. However, employers can only assess the risk an applicant or employee would pose after reviewing their specific record, considering the job they want, and individually assessing the risk presented.

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