Legislation and Compliance Update - Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Banning the Box

The Minnesota Governor has signed into law a bill that “bans the box.” Signed on June 4, the law goes into effect January 1, 2014.

The law, which first informed you about on May 20, 2013, bans inquiries into a person’s criminal history on a job application. Minnesota has had a similar law in place for public employers since 2009, and is now extending it to all employers.

The bill does not exempt an employer from conducting a criminal history background investigation or consider criminal history record when there is a legal requirement to do so. It outlines other exemptions particular to certain types of employment such as law enforcement and fire protection agencies.


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