Employers May No Longer Inquire about or Utilize an Applicant’s Juvenile Convictions in Making Their Hiring Decisions

Employers May No Longer Inquire about or Utilize an Applicant’s Juvenile Convictions in Making Their Hiring Decisions

by Jarred S. Lieber, Esq.

Assembly Bill 1843 now prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant’s juvenile convictions and/or utilizing information related to juvenile arrests, detentions, or court dispositions as a factor in determining employment.

This bill went into effect January 1, 2017, so please make sure to update all applications so they do not run afoul of the new prohibition. Intentional violation of these laws is a misdemeanor and an aggrieved applicant may bring an action to recover damages and attorney’s fees.