Calif. Pushes Criminal Screening Later In Hiring Process

Law360, Los Angeles (October 11, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a piece of legislation banning government employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history until the employer has determined whether the applicant is qualified for the job.

The law, Assembly Bill 218, which will kick in on July 1, will push back the criminal background check at local and state levels in the state, which has more government employees than any other state and where a quarter of employable residents have prior convictions.

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