On August 21, 2014, Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the Under the Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014. The new law prohibits employers from inquiring about, or requiring an applicant to disclose, a criminal conviction until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.
The Act also states that an employer may only withdraw a conditional offer of employment based on a criminal conviction for a “legitimate business reason”, which includes any of the following factors:
Under the Act, an “employer” is defined as any person, company, corporation, firm, labor organization, or association that employs more than 10 employees in the District of Columbia.
An applicant whose conditional offer has been withdrawn or upon whom an adverse action was taken based on a criminal conviction may request that the employer provide a copy of all records obtained on the applicant within 30 days of the action.
The Act does not apply in the following situations:
An employer found in violation of the law could face penalties of at least $1,000 and as much as $5,000.
Employers with operations in Washington, DC should review their hiring processes and paperwork to ensure compliance with the law.
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