Maryland Joins the Ban-The-Box Movement! General Assembly Overrides Governor Veto!
The Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 839/House Bill 994, The Criminal Record Screening Practices Act, in March of 2019. In May 2019, the Governor vetoed the Bill. And on January 30, 2020, the General Assembly voted to override the Governor’s veto. So, Maryland joins multiple other states, cities, and municipalities which ban-the box on employment applications. The law takes effect on February 29, 2020, and prohibits Maryland employers, with more than 15 employees, to inquire about an applicant’s criminal history prior to an in-person interview. If found in violation, a fine of up to $300 per applicant may be assessed. You can find more information here, here and here.
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