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. 8 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, 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 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.