Effective May 15, 2017

Utah Implements a Ban the Box Law For State Employers

Utah implemented a new Ban The Box law to prevent state employers from asking about criminal convictions on job application forms. The law stipulates that state employers many not deny interviews to applicants who have a criminal record. Employers may ask about convictions during an interview, run criminal background checks and consider criminal histories when making hiring decisions. These restrictions do not apply to employers that are:
  • Law enforcement agencies.
  • Part of the criminal or juvenile justice system.
  • State employers looking for volunteers.
  • State employers that are hiring people to work with children or vulnerable populations.
  • The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
  • The State Tax Commission.
  • State employers that are responsible for performing financial or fiduciary functions.
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