New California law would give break to job seekers with criminal past

SACREMENTO, Calif. - A bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown, Thursday, would remove the question on state job applications that asks about an applicant's criminal record. 

The bill requires that government employers determine a job applicant's minimum qualification first, before asking about their history. 

The check-box that is commonly seen on many applications, which asks "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" will be removed. 

The law is scheduled to take effect July 1. 

 

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