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Relating to inquiries about and the consideration of criminal history record information regarding applicants for employment.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 455 would prohibit employers from asking about a job applicant's criminal record on an initial employment application form, except in cases where statute already mandates that criminal records be considered when applying for a position.
The bill specifies that an employer may ask a job applicant about their criminal record upon inviting them to an interview or after a conditional job offer has been made.
Texas action opposes HB 455 because it infringes on limited government and free market principles by imposing government regulations on businesses where they are not needed. This bill would infringe on an employer's right to hire employees as they see fit, by mandating they not ask about a job applicant's criminal record until inviting them to an interview or conditionally offering them a job.