City of St. Louis, Missouri to Ban the Box January 2021

(Last Updated On: February 5, 2020)

Special Announcement to all City of St. Louis, MO employers:

 The City of St. Louis, MO passed an ordinance (Board Bill# 120) that will prohibit employers from asking about criminal records from job applicants. The ordinance will be effective on 01/01/2021.

The law makes the following an unlawful practice:

  1. For an  employer  to  base  a  hiring  or  promotional  decision  on  a job applicant’s criminal history or sentence related thereto, unless the employer can demonstrate that the employment-related decision was based on all information  available including consideration of the frequency, recentness and severity of a criminal record and that the record was reasonably related to or bears upon the duties and responsibilities of the job position; and
  2. For an employer to inquire about a job applicant’s criminal history until after it has been determined that the job applicant is otherwise qualified for the job position, and  only  after  the  job  applicant  has  been  interviewed  for  the  job  position  provided; however, such an inquiry may be made of all job applicants who are in the final selection pool from which the job position will be filled

There are some exceptions enumerated in the ordinance.

This law will require a review of the hiring process in place, including any documentation or forms that all applicants must complete, and may require changes to that process.

Justifacts recommends that you consult with your legal department to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to your hiring process in order to comply with this law.

The complete text of the legislation can be found here: Board Bill #120


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