Florida Senate - 2016 SB 448 By Senator Clemens 27-00452-16 2016448__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to discrimination in employment 3 screening; creating s. 760.105, F.S.; prohibiting a 4 public employer from inquiring into or considering an 5 applicant’s criminal history on an initial employment 6 application unless required to do so by law; providing 7 an effective date. 8 9 WHEREAS, reducing barriers to employment for people who 10 have a criminal history and reducing unemployment rates in 11 communities that have concentrations of people who have a 12 criminal history are issues of statewide concern, and 13 WHEREAS, restricting an employer from inquiring into or 14 considering an applicant’s criminal history on an initial 15 employment application increases employment opportunities for 16 those who have a criminal history, thereby reducing the rate of 17 recidivism and improving economic stability, NOW, THEREFORE, 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 760.105, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 760.105 Unlawful employment screening.—Unless otherwise 24 required by law, a public employer, as defined in s. 440.102, 25 may not inquire into or consider an applicant’s criminal history 26 on an initial employment application. A public employer may 27 inquire into or consider an applicant’s criminal history only 28 after the applicant’s qualifications have been screened and the 29 employer has determined that the applicant meets the minimum 30 employment requirements specified for a given position. 31 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.