California Law Restricts Employers From Asking About Juvenile Criminal History

Effective Jan. 1, California employers will be restricted from asking about, seeking or using a California applicant or employee’s juvenile criminal history in the employment context. An amendment to California Labor Code 432.7, the law prohibits employers from asking an applicant to disclose information concerning or related to any criminal activity that took place when the individual was a juvenile and seeking, from any source, any record concerning or related to the person’s criminal history in his or her juvenile years. Under the current law, preexisting portions of the code section allow an employer to inquire into, seek and use certain convictions.

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