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Ban the Box legislation in Baltimore City

Ban the Box BaltimoreHoward Kurman, Chair of the Offit Kurman’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, delivers Labor and Employment Telebriefs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 9am Eastern Time. Mr. Kurman identifies 3-5 developments that have occurred over recent days/weeks that will significantly impact employers nationwide. The audio updates provide decision makers with employee relations responsibilities an easy way to stay current and compliant with federal and state labor and employment law developments and ahead of trends. The focus is always on the practical, and by receiving the information within weeks of the event, executives can act on suggestions early while there is time and opportunity to put in place the best solutions.

Here is an excerpt transcribed from Mr. Kurman’s Labor & Employment Telebriefs 3.24.14.

Ban the Box legislation in Baltimore City

The Baltimore Sun recently reported that the Baltimore City Council tentatively passed a Ban the Box piece of legislation. This will prevent employers from having a box on their application forms that reads “Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If so, please explain.” Ban the Box legislation makes it impermissible to as a screening tool on an employment application. Employers would be able to conduct such background checks only after conducting an interview with the prospective employee or making a conditional offer of employment.

“Those of you who do business in Baltimore City, if this becomes law, will have to modify your practices as to how you use criminal background checks,” explains Mr. Kurman. “I do not know whether it will be signed, but stay tuned and I will let you know if/when it is as those of you who do business in Baltimore City may have to modify your hiring practices to some extent.”

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Can an Employee on Medical Leave be Terminated?Meanwhile, if you have any questions about Ban the Box legislation in Baltimore City and potential applications to your business, please contact Offit Kurman attorney Howard Kurman: hkurman@offitkurman.com | 410.209.6417. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn.