Effective August 25, 2020: Suffolk County, New York employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from asking job applicants, on an employment application or otherwise, about criminal convictions during the application process. The “application process” is defined as the time period that begins when the applicant first inquires about the employment and ends when the employer accepts the application. It is also unlawful to make inquiries of others regarding the applicant’s criminal convictions before a first interview. If the employer does not conduct an interview, that employer must inform the applicant if a criminal background check will be conducted prior to employment beginning.
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