Virginia Senate backs ‘Ban the Box’ legislation

Virginia Senate backs ‘Ban the Box’ legislation

Excerpted from Richmond-Times Dispatch article

The Virginia Senate on Friday voted 23-16 to pass “ban the box” legislation governing public employment.

It would bar state agencies and localities from including on an employment application a question about whether the prospective employee has ever been arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime, with certain exceptions.

A prospective employee could not be asked if he has been convicted of a crime unless he has received a conditional offer of employment. The offer could be withdrawn if the worker has a conviction that directly relates to the position’s duties.

“This is about second chances,” said Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, sponsor of Senate Bill 252. “Those who have paid their debts to society should be given the opportunity to be a productive member of society.”

 

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