Category : Compliance
Kansas City’s City Council recently approved an extension of its preexisting hiring guidelines that have been in place for public sector employees since 2013. Private sector employers in Kansas City, MO will be required to adhere to “Ban the Box” guidelines effective June 9, 2018. Under the new rules of Section 38-104, Kansas City employers with six or more employees, both private and public, will also be prohibited from making hiring or promotional decisions about a prospective employee’s criminal history until after determining that the individual is eligible for the position, and only after the applicant has been interviewed or extended an offer for the position.
Once the interview or offer is initiated, an employer can then initiate the background screening process. If a criminal record is located, employers must consider all of the available information including the record’s severity, the details of the record, and if the record is reasonably related to the duties of the position. Only after employers have followed all of these steps, can they take an adverse action based on an applicant’s criminal history.