Ban The Box

Maryland law SB0004 prohibits state employers from asking about arrests or criminal convictions on job application. They may inquire about criminal records after an interview is conducted or a conditional offer is extended.

Employers Cannot Consider Obsolete Information

Statue §14-1203 prohibits employers from reviewing data that is considered obsolete when considering hiring applicants. This includes:

  • Bankruptcies that are more than ten years old.
  • Arrests or convictions that are more than seven years old.
  • Paid tax liens that are more than seven years old.
  • Other adverse information that is more than seven years old.

Job Applicant Fairness Act – Credit Reports

Employers cannot use credit reports when making hiring decisions unless:

  • The employer is required to run credit reports by state or federal law or they are a financial institution (or affiliate) that accepts deposits that are insured by a federal agency.
  • There is a legitimate business job-related need.

Before running a credit report, the employer must extend a conditional offer and receive the person’s authorization. The report may not be used to deny employment to an applicant or terminate an existing employee.

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