House Bill 605 Means More Employment for Ex-offenders

June 17, 2016

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2015 H 1 HOUSE BILL 605 Short Title: Reduce Unfair Barriers to Public Employment. (Public)


Sponsors: Representative R. Johnson (Primary Sponsor). For a complete list of Sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly Web Site. Referred to: Judiciary I, if favorable, State Personnel, if favorable, Commerce and Job Development.


April 13, 2015


*H605-v-1* 1 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 2 AN ACT TO REDUCE UNFAIR BARRIERS TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT BY 3 REQUIRING THAT A PUBLIC EMPLOYER NEITHER ASK ABOUT NOR 4 CONSIDER THE CRIMINAL RECORD OF A JOB APPLICANT UNTIL THE 5 APPLICANT HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE EMPLOYER FOR AN INTERVIEW. 6 The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 7 SECTION 1. Article 5 of Chapter 15A of the General Statutes is amended by 8 adding a new section to read: 9 "§ 15A-151. Public employment; consideration of criminal history record. 10 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a public employer shall not inquire into 11 or consider the criminal record or criminal history of an applicant for public employment until 12 the applicant has been selected for an interview by the employer. 13 (b) This section does not apply to the custody staff of the Divisions of Adult Correction 14 and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety or to public employers who have a 15 statutory duty to conduct a criminal history record check for a position or otherwise take into 16 consideration a potential employee's criminal history during the hiring process. 17 (c) This section does not prohibit a public employer from notifying applicants that law 18 or the employer's policy will disqualify an individual with a particular criminal history record 19 from employment in particular positions. 20 (d) For the purposes of this section, the term "public employer" means the State or a 21 local political subdivision of the State." 22 SECTION 2. This act becomes effective July 1, 2015, and applies to applications 23 for employment submitted on or after that date.

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