A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE OFFICE OF STATE PERSONNEL TO ESTABLISH POLICIES IDENTIFYING THE SPECIFIC OCCUPATIONAL CATEGORIES FOR WHICH A CRIMINAL CONVICTION IS A BAR TO EMPLOYMENT AND TO AUTHORIZE THAT, FOR THOSE CATEGORIES, THE HIRING AUTHORITY MAY REQUIRE DISCLOSURE OF A PRIOR CONVICTION ON INITIAL APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT; AND TO PROVIDE THAT, FOR ALL OTHER OCCUPATIONAL PROCESS, MAKE AN INQUIRY REGARDING A CRIMINAL CONVICTION ON THE CONSIDERATION OF A CONVICTION AFTER THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THAT POSITION.
Requires the Office of State Personnel (OSP) to adopt rules to (1) identify occupational categories for which a criminal conviction is a bar to state employment and give those categories the authority to require disclosure of prior criminal convictions on the initial state employment application and (2) provide that for all other occupational categories, state employment hiring authorities may not ask during the hiring process about a conviction on the initial employment application and may only take the conviction into consideration after selecting the applicant as a finalist for the position. Requires OSP to develop a protocol for state agencies, departments, and institutions to collect and track application and hiring rates of individuals with criminal convictions.
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