Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 102
       By Senator Bracy
       11-00259-18                                            2018102__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to discrimination in employment
    3         screening; creating s. 760.105, F.S.; prohibiting an
    4         employer from inquiring into or considering an
    5         applicant’s criminal history on an initial employment
    6         application unless otherwise required to do so by law;
    7         providing an effective date.
    9         WHEREAS, reducing barriers to employment for people who
   10  have a criminal history and decreasing unemployment in
   11  communities that have concentrated numbers of people who have a
   12  criminal history are issues of statewide concern, and
   13         WHEREAS, restricting employers from inquiring into or
   14  considering an applicant’s criminal history on initial
   15  employment applications increases employment opportunities for
   16  those who have a criminal history, thereby reducing the rate of
   17  recidivism and improving economic stability, NOW, THEREFORE,
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Section 760.105, Florida Statutes, is created to
   22  read:
   23         760.105Unlawful employment screening.—Unless otherwise
   24  required to do so by law, an employer may not inquire into or
   25  consider an applicant’s criminal history on an initial
   26  employment application. An employer may inquire into or consider
   27  an applicant’s criminal history only after the applicant’s
   28  qualifications have been screened and the employer has
   29  determined that the applicant meets the minimum employment
   30  requirements specified for a given position.
   31         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.