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Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto of Ban the Box Law

In June of 2019, Hire Image reported that the Maryland Governor vetoed Ban the Box legislation for the state, based on the belief that the final decision of when and how to ask an applicant about their criminal history should be left to the employers themselves.

However, on January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto and enact Senate Bill 839.  Under the bill, employers with 15 or more full- time employees may not “require an applicant to disclose whether the applicant has a criminal record or criminal accusations brought against them” before the first in person interview. This Ban the Box Law has an effective start date of February 29, 2020.

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For more information on Ban the Box and other laws, and whether they affect your state, visit our resource guide at Hire Image Resource Library


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