The Minnesota Senate has approved a measure that would prohibit most private employers from asking job applicants about past criminal convictions until they have been interviewed or made a conditional job offer. (Public employers in the state already follow this practice.)
The bill, which passed in the Senate 44-16, will probably pass in the House. It would not require employers to hire felons, nor would it give rejected applicants the right to sue.
Employers that are barred by law from hiring felons, such as nursing homes and hospitals, would not be affected by the law.
Note: Employers should prepare to modify job applications so they don’t ask applicants about prior convictions. If the legislation is enacted, amend your hiring processes to delay any questions about criminal records until after the applicant has either completed an interview or received a conditional job offer.