The new law affects both public and private employees with four or more employees.
The Rochester “Ban the Box” legislation mandates that the question or check box about criminal convictions must be taken off the job applications but can be asked during the interview process. However, employers cannot discriminate based on the answer. According to City Councilman Adam McFadden, “If the question is asked, it gives the person an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the situation.”
Employers may also conduct prior background checks on applicants.
Exceptions to the law include police and firefighters and other professions where felony convictions specifically bar a person from employment.
The 9-0 vote means the legislation cannot be vetoed, and Mayor Lovely Warren is expected to sign the bill into law.
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