Montgomery County is the latest local jurisdiction to “ban the box.” Montgomery County’s law prohibits private employers from making inquiries about an applicant’s criminal record on an employment application or through another medium (such as a consumer reporting agency) until the conclusion of the applicant’s first interview. Montgomery County’s bill goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
The D.C. Council passed a similar measure in July. According to D.C.’s ban the box legislation, employers cannot ask about a potential employee’s criminal convictions until a conditional offer of employment has been made. D.C.’s bill will become effective following a Congressional review period, as required by the District of Columbia Home Rule Act. The D.C. Council projects that D.C.’s ban the box legislation will go into effect on December 11, 2014.