New Bill Could Ban a Felony Checkbox on Employment Applications
The bill would make it easier for felons to gain employment. Video by fox47news.comvideo
It would be easier for felons to get jobs if a bill introduced in the house becomes law. The bill would prevent employers from putting a check box on job applications asking if you've ever been convicted of a felony.
Supporters say applications are often tossed if that box is checked, adding no one is perfect. Ron Emery who worked in the Attorney General's office said: "We are all works in progress, we all can better ourselves, we've all made mistakes, and I think this is one small way forward."
Emery said helping convicted felons find jobs also lowers their chances of committing more crimes, or from needing state aid because they can't find work .
Employers would still be able to ask people about their criminal records during job interviews.