Texas Ban the Box

0119_GeoCasillas_billA new bill has been introduced into the Legislature of the State of Texas.

In March of 2016, Austin City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits any employers with 11 or more employees (doing business in Austin) from asking about criminal history on a job application. It is the only ordinance that affects both private and public employers in Texas.

The new bill, House Bill 577, will overturn Austin’s 2016 ordinance, and will require only public employers to conform to the ordinance.

If the bill receives enough votes, it will go into effect immediately. If it does not receive enough votes, the bill will take effect on September 1, 2017. Either way, all Texas employers will have to conform to the bill’s requirements by the end of 2017. In the meantime, Austin employers should continue to conform to the current ordinance.

Right now, the bill has only been filed. It has not yet been sent to the committee for approval. If you would like updates on Bill 577, please call the Texas 85th Legislature, District 47 office at 512-463-0652.

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