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Hawaii Expands Scope of Off-Limits Convictions for Employment Purposes

Senate Bill 051, effective immediately, has been signed into law and it narrows the scope of convictions that employers can use for hiring and other employment-related decisions. Employers in Hawaii now many only consider felony convictions that occurred in the most recent seven years and misdemeanor convictions that occurred in the most recent five years (both excluding any periods of incarceration). The law does still require employers to allow applicants or employees to present documentary evidence of their date of release from incarceration if they disagree with the period of incarceration reported to the employer. Numerous exceptions exist within the law, including for certain schools, healthcare institutions, financial institutions and insurance institutions.

 

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