New Louisville & Indianapolis “Ban-the-Box” Ordinances Include Vendors

Louisville & Indianapolis join a growing list of cities and counties with “Ban-the-Box” Ordinances that apply to private employers. The Louisville & Indianapolis ordinances do not ban background checks but restrict when an employer can inquire into an applicant’s criminal history.

In general, suppliers to Louisville who provide $2,500 or more of goods and/or services to the city may not require an applicant to respond to an inquiry regarding prior criminal history on the initial job application. The ordinance provides several exceptions such as for those working with children and where required by state or federal law.

A new Indianapolis ordinance makes it unlawful for city and county agencies and their contractors (with 10 or more full-time employees) to inquire about an applicant’s prior criminal history during the application process (through the conclusion of a first interview).

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