Effective May 2, 2018

Kansas Implemented A Ban The Box Law For State Employers

Governor Jeff Colyer authorized a Ban The Box law for Kansas on May 2, 2018. It is intended to help individuals who have served sentences for criminal convictions and are now looking for gainful employment. This law, known as Executive Order 18-12 states:

  • That within 90 days of the order, all "Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor shall take action to ensure that, during the initial stage of a state employment application, job applicants shall not be asked whether they have a criminal record, and a criminal record shall not automatically disqualify an applicant from receiving an interview."
  • That does not apply to positions in which a criminal record automatically renders an applicant ineligible. If an existing law prohibits a person with a conviction from holding a specific position, then it is acceptable to inquire about an applicant's criminal history prior to conducting an interview.
  • In all hiring scenarios, it is still legal to run a background check as a condition of employment.
  • Executive Order 18-12 became effective immediately once it was signed.
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