On Monday, February 24, 2020, the Virginia state sent voted 25-14 to pass HB 757, a statewide Ban the Box law. Virginia’s Ban the Box law prohibits inquiry into conviction history public job applications. Public employers may only consider conviction history after an applicant completes a pre-screening to an interview.
Under Virginia’s Ban the Box law, employers may review applicant conviction history during and after employment interviews.
Virginia’s Ban the Box law exempts law enforcement agency positions, and other state agencies permitted to inquire into applicant conviction history during the pre-screening stage.
“This hurdle marks a major victory in the pursuit of increased access to employment for all Virginians,” said State Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird, who introduced the legislation nearly three years ago, after the victory.
Governor Ralph Northam is expected to sign Virginia’s Ban the Box bill into law.