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Bill would halt employers asking about criminal convictions

March 30, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire employers would not be able to ask potential workers about past criminal convictions on their initial applications under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

Democratic supporters of the bill say employees shouldn’t throw out a job application because of someone’s criminal past until the person has a chance to be interviewed in person or by phone. They argued it would particularly help those in recovery from opioid addiction get a second chance.

Republican opponents said the bill would take away decision-making power from employers.

The bill now goes to the House.