- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The city of St. Louis is no longer requiring job applicants to disclose felony convictions on their applications.

Mayor Francis Slay announced the change Tuesday that will eliminate a check box on applications that asks if the prospective employee has a felony conviction.

Slay says the change is aimed at giving those with a criminal record a fair chance at getting a job. He says the city will still screen candidates for felonies on a case-by-case basis. For example, he says a convicted embezzler would not be eligible to work around money.

Last year, the city dropped its policy of automatically disqualifying all job candidates with felonies on their record.


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