On Friday, January 10, 2020, St. Louis became the latest city to enact a Ban the Box law. The new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2021, extends the city’s Ban the Box hiring policy in public employment to private employers with ten or more employees.
The new law contains several employee and applicant protections, including making application questions regarding an applicant’s conviction history unlawful. The employer may only consider conviction history after determining that an applicant is qualified for the position. Additionally, St. Louis’ Ban the Box law includes a mandatory individualized assessment. The law also includes a robust enforcement mechanism and contains penalties for employer misconduct.
Starting in 2021, St. Louis residents will join the more than 150 cities and counties that confer Ban the Box protection on people.