PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – One of the newest laws enacted in the Ocean State will ban prospective employers from including questions on job applications regarding a person's criminal past.
Last month, the Senate voted 29 to 8 to approve legislation that with limit employers from including questions on job applications regarding charges, arrests, and criminal convictions.
Under this legislation, potential employers will only be able to probe an applicant's criminal background at the first interview and any time after, but not during the application process.
This so-called ‘ban the box' legislation was introduced by Senetor Harold Metts because he stated, "People make mistakes, but if someone has served his time for a crime and worked to improve his or her life through an education or counseling for abuse problems, those mistakes should not haunt him or her forever and prevent him or her from getting a job. A job means redemption for an individual, a chance to live a productive life and support a family. The other option is recidivism, and that serves no one any good. "
This legislation applies to employers with at least four employees.
The new law will take effect on January 1.
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