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Maryland - Ban the Box

On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation (H.B. 994) resulting in the state’s ban-the-box law being enacted. Under the law, employers with 15 or more full-time employees are prohibited from requiring a job applicant to disclose information regarding their criminal record before their first in-person interview, unless:

  • Federal or state law requires an inquiry;
  • The employer provides services or direct care to minors or vulnerable adults; or
  • Local law is more restrictive with respect to criminal record screening practices of employers in the local jurisdiction.

Employers may require an applicant to disclose whether they have a criminal record or had criminal accusations brought against them during the first in-person interview.

The law is effective February 29, 2020.

Read MD H.B. 994