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Application for Employment

January 21, 2022 6766


Use this California-specific application to help evaluate a candidate’s experience and skills. The application also serves to obtain an authorization to seek additional information. Though resumes are helpful, they often do not contain the range of information that an employment application can reveal.

Criminal History Information

California law prohibits employers from obtaining any conviction history information during the application process. An employer may not seek conviction history information until after a written conditional offer of employment has been made. Once an employer has made a written conditional offer of employment, there are still specific rules, and restrictions on the type of information that can be obtained and what you can do with the information. Before you decide not to hire an applicant because of his/her criminal background, you must provide the applicant with specific notices and the opportunity to respond, in addition to other requirements. 

Employers are encouraged to work with a reputable background check company.

Prior Salary

California law prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant's current or salary history, including information on compensation and benefits. Employers also cannot rely on salary history information as a factor in determining whether to hire the applicant or how much to pay the applicant. In addition, train your employees involved in the recruiting and interviewing process that they can't ask applicants questions about their salary history.

Email and Social Media

Employers can’t ask for a job applicant’s email address or other social media information. (California Labor Code section 980)


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