Pitt Co. Rep. introduces ‘Ban the Box’ bill for N.C. state agencies

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Rep. Kandie Smith, of Pitt County, has introduced a bill to prohibit state agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record until they are selected for an interview.

On Tuesday, Rep. Kandie Smith introduced N.C. House Bill 834, also called the “Ban the Box” bill, which prohibits state agencies from asking about or considering the criminal record of a job applicant until the applicant has been selected for an interview.

If enacted, N.C. House Bill 834 would apply to job applications submitted to state agencies on or after July 1, 2019.

So far, 29 states and more than 150 cities and counties across the U.S. have already enacted similar laws. (Read more)