Vermont Ban The Box Law For Criminal History Process Took Effect July 1, 2017

A reminder that July 1, 2017 marked the date that Vermont’s Ban the Box law took effect. Click here to view the legislation. Impacted are both public and private employers.

Affected businesses and organizations are required to remove any questions regarding criminal history from job applications, and refrain from inquiring on an individual’s past or conducting a background check until the interview process, or if an applicant has been deemed qualified for a position.

Exceptions to the law include:

  • Jobs where a criminal history or certain convictions prohibit employment due to federal or state law.
  • A conviction or a crime precludes employment in a specific position

Violating the Vermont law can subject employers to civil penalties of up to $100 for each violation.


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