- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In a story Sept. 30 about criminal background checks, The Associated Press erroneously reported details of a bill approved by the Ohio House. The bill would prohibit a public employer from asking about an applicant’s criminal history on an application, not prohibit public employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history until the person has been selected for the position and an offer is about to be made. The bill also would not require public employers to consider several factors before rejecting applicants because of their criminal histories.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Bill bans criminal history from public sector applications

Bill would ban public employers from asking about criminal history on job application form

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House has approved a bill that would prohibit a public employer from asking about an applicant’s criminal history on an application form.

The bill also prevents public employers from using a felony conviction against employees when taking action against them such as suspensions or firings unless the conviction happened while the person was employed by the public agency.

The bill passed overwhelmingly by the House Wednesday also would allow the sealing of records involving certain first-degree misdemeanor or felony crimes when the victim was 16 or 17.

That’s a change from current law which bans the sealing of such records when the victim is under 18.

The bill sponsors are Rep. Kirk Schuring, a Canton Republican, and Stephen Slesnick, a Canton Democrat.

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