New Ban the Box Laws for Westchester County, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Beginning March 3, 2019 employers in Westchester County, NY will be prohibited from inquiring about an employee’s or candidate’s criminal history under the new Westchester Ban the Box law.
According to Seyfarth Shaw LLP:
Specifically, employers with more than four employees are barred from making inquiry (in writing or otherwise), or making any statement related to, a criminal conviction or arrest record of any person in connection with an application for employment until after submission of an employment application.
Similar legislation was passed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, effective November 10, 2018.
Employers with employees in these locations should review relevant employment applications to ensure they are in compliance.
For more information on this legislation, please click here.
The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from Seyfarth Shaw LLP on January 16, 2019, written by Pamela Q. Devata and Stacey L. Blecher.