Monday, March 15, 2010
New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, became the second governor to sign into law a prohibition on criminal records disclosure.
The new law prohibits employment applications for government agencies from asking job seekers if they have been convicted of a crime. The measure covers job applications for state, county, or local government. Private businesses are not covered.
Employers may ask the question once they're face-to-face with applicants and they are still allowed to complete background checks on the candidates.
Minnesota passed a similar law in 2009. Both states took the measure to deter undue discrimination against those with a criminal past.