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Maryland Lawmakers Override Governor’s ‘Ban the Box’ Veto (1)

Jan. 30, 2020, 6:17 PM; Updated: Jan. 30, 2020, 9:02 PM

Maryland employers are barred from asking job applicants about their criminal history on the initial job application, under a new law enacted by state lawmakers.

The state House and Senate voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) previous veto of the legislation (HB 994 / SB 839). The new law applies to employers with 15 or more full-time employees, with civil penalties for violations.

Maryland joins 13 other states plus the District of Columbia with “ban the box” laws that block employers from asking a criminal history question at the beginning stage of the hiring process, with some...

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