Ban the Box Legislation for State Government Hiring Clears NC House Committee

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Ban the Box Legislation for State Government Hiring Clears NC House Committee

Excerpted from newsobserver.com, by Colin Campbell 

Legislation to help people with criminal records get state government jobs is advancing in the N.C. House.

House Bill 409 unanimously passed the House State Personnel Committee Wednesday and is similar to “ban the box” proposals. It would ban state agencies from asking about an applicant’s criminal record until the person has received an interview.

The requirement wouldn’t apply to private companies, and it wouldn’t apply to law enforcement jobs or positions that “involve direct interaction with minors or the elderly.”

“This gives the opportunity for people to interview the person who’s applying for the job before they discount them,” said Rep. Rena Turner, the Iredell County Republican who sponsored the bill with three other Republicans. “If they have the qualifications for that job, then they need to have the opportunity to be employed. This does not deny anyone the ability to do a record check after they’ve had that initial interview.”

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