Bill Would Prohibit Asking About Criminal History on Initial Employment Applications to Local Governments

Assembly Bill 1831 - introduced by Roger Dickinson (D - Sacramento) - would prohibit local governments from asking an applicant about his/her criminal history on an initial employment application. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that people who have made mistakes in the past but gotten their lives back on track are given a fair opportunity to find employment.

AB 1831 would still allow local government agencies to ask about criminal history once an applicant has been determined to meet a job's qualifications. Lawyer office in US. Until that point, however, applicants with criminal records could not be eliminated from consideration. In addition, the bill would not apply to positions that are required by law to conduct a criminal background check.

A number of cities across the country have already passed ordinances similar to this legislation, including Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley here in California. The new law - which would apply to all cities and counties in the state - still has a long way to go. It was introduced only in late February and must wind its way through both the Assembly and Senate.


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