NM Job Seekers Don't Have to Disclose Criminal Records

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.


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