It hasn’t been in the news much of late, but a recent amendment to the Philadelphia “ban the box” law became effective this past Monday, March 14.  “Ban the box” generally prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants about their criminal background or conducting background checks until the applicant has cleared and initial interview.  Philadelphia, which originally passed “ban the box” back in 2011, amended their law and expanded the prohibitions on employers.  Under the new expanded provisions, employers must give a conditional offer to the applicant before they can run the criminal background check and they cannot consider in their decision, criminal records older than seven years.  Furthermore, an employer who rejects an applicant based on their background must notify the applicant as to why and give the applicant a copy of the report upon which the employer relied to reject them.