State Bans Employers From Asking Applicants About Criminal History

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the "Ban the Box" legislation into law on Tuesday.

Aurora, CO – Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed off on a bill banning employers from asking potential employees about their criminal histories on job applications.

Polis endorsed the bill, known as the “Ban the Box” law, at the Second Chance Center on Tuesday, KCNC reported.

The “box” referenced in the legislation refers to a section on applications where employers formerly asked prospective employees if they have ever been convicted of a felony offense.

Proponents of the law argue that applicants shouldn’t be immediately disqualified for positions just because they have criminal histories.

Under the new law, applicants have better odds of being selected for an interview.

“This is really common sense,” Democratic Representative Jovan Melton said of the legislation. “If we want people to create a better future for themselves, we got to give them the tools they need to pull themselves up.”

Employers will still be allowed to run background checks, KDVR reported.

The law will go into effect in September for businesses that employ 11 people or more. Companies with fewer than 11 employees will have to change their hiring practices by September of 2021.

The law applies to entities both in the private and public sectors, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Polis also signed a similar measure into law on Tuesday, which bans public universities and colleges in the state from asking prospective students about their criminal histories on their applications, KDVR reported.

Colorado is the 13th state to adopt “Ban the Box” legislation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Hawaii, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have also implemented similar laws.

Conversely, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a “Ban the Box” bill on May 24, The Washington Post reported.

Hogan argued that employers have a right to use criminal history information as a screening tool during the initial phases of the hiring process.

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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

That's what happens when you let in enough people from Commiefornia move in. It's happening all over the country.

BGenie
BGenie

Background checks start at $25. and go up from there. All Colorado did was cost small businesses more money to function, or drive small businesses out of their state. They are not helping criminals get jobs by hiding their history. SMFH

JBo
JBo

“This is really common sense,”...

Really? I'd like to hear that reasoning. You can't ask if they are a felon but you can still run criminal history checks? The law must have lost something in the translation.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Convicted criminals trying to work at schools, day care centers or senior citizens centers should not have to tell their potential employers.....has the whole state gone to pot?

Tinman983
Tinman983

This will end up costing money. Now, instead of being able to screen applicants up front, employers will have to go through the extra cost of doing background checks on everyone. Many jobs automatically deny employment, by law, to felons. Especially public sector jobs, which is subject to the new law.

yelyana
yelyana

Well, if I was an employer that ran a bookkeeping business, I sure would want to know that the person I was going to hire had ever been in prison for embezzlement. Or if I ran a day care, if the person hired had served time for child abuse.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

I'm a manager in CT and we can't ask this anymore. Anyone who ever holds keys must do a background check but honestly we don't know who we are hiring. We can't ask anything unless they hold keys. I understand people make mistakes but to an extent we should be allow to know. Being my husband is a police officer I'm 100% paranoid by everyone that I hire to work for me!!!

trainbuff
trainbuff

Hopefully they will ALL apply for federal jobs and let's just see if these guys put their money where their mouth is....

Wish505
Wish505

You can bet you bottom dollar that if I lived and operated a business in any of the states mention I would be closing the doors and moving to a more employer friendly state. The liberal mental disorder is spreading rapidly.

OldVet
OldVet

What about the rights of the business owner. Oh I forgot, they do not have any.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Yes, let's waste everyone's time interviewing someone for a job they need to be bonded for, when if that box was checked, you could not even bother.

Let's have someone convicted of burglary and all sorts of theft charges get all the way to the end of the hiring process for a loss prevention job before that comes up.

It IS relevant information, and all this will do is serve to put people through a process that's ultimately going to fail, that's not doing them any favors.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Gotta wonder why politicians love criminals so much. Oh right.....it's because they're criminals too.🤔

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Background checks are better anyway. The background check cost will come out of there first paycheck if hired.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Obambam's political correct Liberal system. They have pushed to remove gender, race and know criminal records questions. Next thing they will probably require employers to pay for there time for the inconvenience and time to fill out the application and eliminate the question on education completion because it herts there feelings having to check the box of non completion of high school. They all need to seriously grow up.

Branoli
Branoli

So a school hires someone who will be around children and that person that could be a pedophile. No one will know it until that person molests one of the children. That also means that those teachers who have been arrested, charged and sentenced with sex assault will not have to divulge that when applying for a job after doing their time. It seems to be all about the criminals today and not protecting people FROM those criminals. When will it ever end?

sanman899
sanman899

Democrats are CANCER on America.

Baam
Baam

What in the hell is the matter with these idiotic people we call politicians? Seriously, are they nuts?

Baam
Baam

The "dude" in the above photo, looks like he just had a "wacky tobacky cigarette" just before photo was taken. Sick, sick people out there.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Schools have to hire pedophiles, pharmacy's have to hire drug dealers and addicts, banks have to hire thieves and police departments have to hire murderers? What in the heck is wrong with those idiots? Oh, and let's not forget the military having to enlist all the above. I swear, liberals take stupidity to a new astronomical level on a daily basis!

NFPD103
NFPD103

all this does is a waste taxpayer money now each employer will be forced to pay for a background check on every applicant and those truly qualified applicants will be forced to wait longer to fill those jobs. Employers that require bonded employees will see their insurance and liability rates will go up and for those who don't screen for criminal history beware as soon as one of these career criminals do something on the job lookout. How this is a good idea is crazy only in the liberal world does this make any sense.