Bill Would Shield Some Criminal Convictions from Job Screening

Lawmakers heard legislation this week that would shield court and police records for certain misdemeanors from the public, including potential employers. The bills, SB 1056 and HB 1166, would shield the records relating to a conviction of one of 14 specified crimes three to five years after the person completes the sentence imposed for the conviction.

Offenses covered by the legislation would include theft, certain drug offenses, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, malicious destruction of property, certain driving offenses, bad cheeks and more. The Maryland Chamber opposes the legislation, which would prevent businesses from obtaining criminal conviction information necessary to evaluate the suitability of applicants for employment, promotion or transfer. 

The bill would prevent pharmacies from checking certain drug use or distribution offenses, trucking companies from checking certain driving offenses, businesses that collect money and have access to customers’ personal and confidential information from checking theft offenses. “This Legislation would prohibit those, non-statutory employers from accessing important information that could affect hiring decisions and leave employers liable for not doing due diligence in their research, if a customer’s information is compromised,” said Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Deriece Pate Bennett.

Would this legislation impact your business? If you think the this legislation would impact your ability to make the best hiring decisions, please let us know. Contact Deriece Pate Bennett at

In addition, contact you lawmakers and urge them to oppose SB 1056 and HB 1166. You can use our online action center to identify and contact your lawmakers.

Legislative Issues Tag: Employment Issues





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