On April 21, 2015, Gov. Pete Shumlin signed an Executive Order to Ban the Box on state employment applications. This Ban the Box legislation will remove the question about criminal records from job applications for state employment. Background checks can be conducted only after an applicant has been found qualified for the position.
The Governor also highlighted Bill S.115 which will expand Vermont’s expungement law, making more Vermonters eligible to have criminal convictions removed from their records by a judge.
“This is about giving those who have paid their debt to society a fair chance at a good job,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Nobody wins when Vermonters are trapped in a cycle of unemployment and re-incarceration.”
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