Employers in Rhode Island would no longer be able to ask job applicants about criminal convictions under legislation pending in the General Assembly. Senator Harold Metts said Wednesday that his bill would eliminate a discriminatory practice that costs too many former offenders a chance at employment. The proposal would not apply to jobs at casinos, hospitals, schools, or nursing homes, where background checks are required by law. Cities including Boston and Providence already prohibit criminal background questions from applications for public-sector jobs.
Bill would ban criminal record job questions
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