House Bill #6141 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS

Gives the department of labor and training the jurisdiction to review claims alleging that employers had improperly inquired about an applicant’s criminal history on an employment application.

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  • 2017 – H 6141
  • 2017 – H 6141 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC002510/SUB A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
  • Introduced By: Representatives Slater, and Diaz
  • Date Introduced: April 26, 2017
  • Referred To: House Labor
  • RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
  • Introduced By: Representatives Slater, and Diaz
  • Date Introduced: April 26, 2017
  • Referred To: House Labor
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Title 28 of the General Laws entitled "LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • SECTION 1. Title 28 of the General Laws entitled "LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • CHAPTER 6.14
  • EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS PROHIBITION
  • 28-6.14-1. Criminal history on application for employment prohibited.
  • (a) The director of labor and training shall have the same powers and duties as set forth in chapter 14 of title 28 to investigate, inspect, subpoena, and enforce, through administrative hearing complaints, any allegation that an employer has included on any application for employment, except applications for law enforcement agency positions or positions related to law enforcement agencies, a question inquiring as to whether the applicant has ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any crime, provided that:
  • (1) If a federal or state law or regulation creates a mandatory or presumptive disqualification from employment due to a person's conviction of one or more specified criminal offenses, an employer may include a question concerning whether the applicant has ever been convicted of any of those offenses; or
  • (2) If a standard fidelity bond or an equivalent bond is required for the position for which the applicant is seeking employment and the applicant's conviction of one or more specified criminal offenses would disqualify the applicant from obtaining such a bond, an employer may ask whether the applicant has ever been convicted of any of those specified criminal offenses.
  • EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS PROHIBITED
  • 28-6.14-1. Criminal history on application for employment.
  • (a) The director of labor and training shall have the same powers and duties as set forth in chapter 12 and chapter 14 of title 28 to investigate, inspect, subpoena, and enforce through administrative hearings, complaints that allege that an employer has included on any application for employment, except applications for law enforcement agency positions, or positions related to law enforcement agencies, a question inquiring whether the applicant has ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any crime; provided that:
  • (1) If a federal or state law or regulation creates a mandatory or presumptive disqualification from employment based on a person's conviction of one or more specified criminal offenses, an employer may include a question whether the applicant has ever been convicted of any of those offenses; or
  • (2) If a standard fidelity bond or an equivalent bond is required for the position for which the applicant is seeking employment, and their conviction of one or more specified criminal offenses would disqualify the applicant from obtaining such a bond, an employer may include a question whether the applicant has ever been convicted of any of those specified criminal offenses.
  • (b) The department of labor and training and the commission for human rights shall cooperate in the investigation of complaints filed under this section when the allegations are within the jurisdiction of both agencies.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC002510 ========
  • (c) The department of labor and training shall disseminate information to employers and workers about the prohibitions prescribed in this section.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC002510/SUB A ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
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  • This act would give the department of labor and training the jurisdiction to review claims alleging that employers had improperly inquired about an applicant's criminal history on an employment application.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002510 ========
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002510/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 29, 2017 at 5:11pm
Yeas: 71 / Nays: 1 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi N
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y

Floor vote for Passage In Concurrence

September 19, 2017 at 10:15pm
Yeas: 26 / Nays: 7 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere N
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte NV
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee N
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle N
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo NV
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan N
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino N
Sen. Pearson NV
Sen. Picard NV
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis N
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan N
Sen. Sosnowski Y