Arizona State Laws
Additional State Laws
Effective August 3, 2018Arizona Limits Employer’s Liability When Hiring Former Offenders
Numerous laws exist to help people with criminal convictions find employment today. Arizona passed House Bill 2311 (HB 2311) to encourage businesses to hire or contract ex-offenders by limiting the employer’s liabilities.
HB 2311 states:
If a person who has a criminal record is either hired or contracted and later faces new criminal charges, the individual’s previous convictions cannot be introduced as evidence against the employer unless:
HB 2311 was signed by Governor Doug Ducey and goes into effect August 3, 2018.
Executive Order 2017-07 (EO2017-07) was designed to establish Arizona as a “Second Chance” employer. The bill, which was signed by Governor Douglas A. Ducey, states that every resident should have an opportunity to work, even if they have a criminal record.
EO2017-07 sets laws that must be followed by all State Agencies during the hiring process:
In some cases, federal or state law prohibits people with any type of criminal record from holding certain positions. When a state agency is hiring for those positions, they may inquire about an applicant’s criminal history during the initial application process.