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Employer Summary: Under a new law, employers hiring in D.C. may not test applicants for marijuana usage until after the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment for the position. Along with D.C.’s recent “ban the box” law on criminal background checks, this new enactment may require employers to adjust their application and hiring processes.
Montgomery County’s new “ban the box” law goes into effect on January 1, 2015, and does far more than simply banning the box. The law, which was enacted by the Montgomery County Council on October 28, 2014, will place significant limitations on how most employers in the County may inquire about, and use, information related to an applicant’s criminal history.
On July 14, 2014, the District of Columbia took another step towards limiting an employer’s ability to inquire into the criminal history of job applicants as part of the nationwide “ban the box” movement.