Earlier this month, D.C.’s Mayor Vincent Gray signed the Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014, making the District one of a growing number of jurisdictions to “ban the box.” The law will restrict employers, with more than ten employees, from asking for criminal history information during the application process. The elimination of this question will allow employers to focus on an applicant’s qualifications rather than ruling them out based on their criminal history.

The law, currently under congressional review, is expected to go into effect around the week of October 20, 2014.

Click here to see the Fair Criminal Screening Amendment Act of 2014 in its entirety.