HB994/SB839

DESCRIPTION

Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box). Requires employers of more than 15 employees to refrain from asking on an employment application about whether an individual has a criminal record until the first in-person interview. Exempts businesses that serve minors or vulnerable adults. It provides for fines up to $300 for each violation.

MESSAGE (Pick one or two reasons)
PLEASE UPHOLD THE GOVERNOR’S VETO BECAUSE

This legislation puts a heavy burden on very small businesses. It complicates the hiring process. It could delay hiring if the criminal history is hidden until the interview by which time other candidates may no longer be available. It opens the company to lawsuits, fines and pressure to hire individuals with whom they may have safety concerns. The business may incur additional expenses for background checks or refer to a possibly outdated on-line criminal history websites to seek this information.