Excerpted from sacbee.com, by Jon Ortiz, October 10, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that bans government employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until later in the hiring process, effectively extending the state’s policy to some 6,000-plus local and regional government agencies in California.
Assembly Bill 218, by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, requires public employers determine a job applicant’s minimum qualifications before they ask about the person’s conviction history.
Practically speaking, that means removing the check-box questions common on many applications that ask, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”