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SF 523 - Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants for Criminal History - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants for Criminal History

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (107-26) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (44-16) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants for Criminal History

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits a private employer from considering the criminal history of an applicant, effective January 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits a private employer from inquiring or considering the criminal history of an applicant until the applicant has been selected for an interview or has been made a conditional offer (Sec. 3). 
  • Authorizes the Commissioner of Human Rights to enforce penalties for violations of this bill before January 1, 2015 as follows (Sec. 4):
    • A written warning and a penalty up to $500 for a first violation not remedied after 30 days; and
    • A penalty up to $500 a month for a subsequent violation.  
  • Authorizes the Commissioner to enforce penalties for violations of this bill after December 31, 2014 as follows (Sec. 4):
    • Up to $100 per violation, not to exceed $100 per month, for an employer that employs less than 10 individuals;
    • Up to $500 per violation, not to exceed $500 per month, for an employer that employs 11 to 20 individuals; and 
    • Up to $500 per violation, not to exceed $2,000 per month, for an employer that employs more than 20 individuals.
  • Specifies that the provisions of this bill do not apply to particular types of employment which by law require the employer to conduct a criminal background investigation or consider an applicant’s criminal history (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants for Criminal History

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