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SF 523

2nd Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 06/21/2017 11:31am

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A bill for an act
relating to employment; limiting reliance on criminal history for employment
purposes; providing for remedies; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections
181.53; 181.981, subdivision 1; 364.021; 364.06; 364.09; 364.10.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 181.53, is amended to read:


No person, whether acting directly or through an agent, or as the agent or employee
of another, shall require as a condition precedent to employment any written statement
as to the participation of the applicant in a strike, or as to a personal record, save as to
conviction of a public offense,
for more than one year immediately preceding the date of
application therefor; nor shall any person, acting in any of the aforesaid these capacities,
use or require blanks or forms of application for employment in contravention of this
section. Nothing in this section precludes an employer from requesting or considering an
applicant's criminal history pursuant to section 364.021 or other applicable law.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 181.981, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Limitation on admissibility of criminal history.

regarding a criminal history record of an employee or former employee may not be
introduced as evidence in a civil action against a private employer or its employees or
agents that is based on the conduct of the employee or former employee, if:

(1) the duties of the position of employment did not expose others to a greater degree
of risk than that created by the employee or former employee interacting with the public
outside of the duties of the position or that might be created by being employed in general;

(2) before the occurrence of the act giving rise to the civil action, a court order sealed
any record of the criminal case or the employee or former employee received a pardon; or

(3) the record is of an arrest or charge that did not result in a criminal conviction; or

(4) the action is based solely upon the employer's compliance with section 364.021.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 364.021, is amended to read:


(a) A public or private employer may not inquire into or consider or require
disclosure of
the criminal record or criminal history of an applicant for public employment
until the applicant has been selected for an interview by the employer or, if there is not an
interview, before a conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant

(b) This section does not apply to the Department of Corrections or to public
employers who have a statutory duty to conduct a criminal history background check
or otherwise take into consideration a potential employee's criminal history during the
hiring process.

(c) This section does not prohibit a public an employer from notifying applicants
that law or the employer's policy will disqualify an individual with a particular criminal
history background from employment in particular positions.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 364.06, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Public employers.

Any complaints or grievances concerning
violations of sections 364.01 to 364.10 by public employers shall be processed and
adjudicated in accordance with the procedures set forth in chapter 14, the Administrative
Procedure Act.

Subd. 2.

Private employers.

(a) The commissioner of human rights shall
investigate violations of section 364.021 by a private employer. If the commissioner
finds that a violation has occurred, the commissioner may impose penalties as provided
in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) For violations that occur before January 1, 2015, the penalties are as follows:

(1) for the first violation, the commissioner shall issue a written warning to the
employer that includes a notice regarding the penalties for subsequent violations;

(2) if a first violation is not remedied within 30 days of the issuance of a warning
under clause (1), the commissioner may impose up to a $500 fine; and

(3) subsequent violations before January 1, 2015, are subject to a fine of up to $500
per violation, not to exceed $500 in a calendar month.

(c) For violations that occur after December 31, 2014, the penalties are as follows:

(1) for employers that employ ten or fewer persons at a site in this state, the penalty
is up to $100 for each violation, not to exceed $100 in a calendar month;

(2) for employers that employ 11 to 20 persons at a site in this state, the penalty is up
to $500 for each violation, not to exceed $500 in a calendar month; and

(3) for employers that employ more than 20 persons at one or more sites in this state,
the penalty is up to $500 for each violation, not to exceed $2,000 in a calendar month.

(d) The remedies under this subdivision are exclusive. A private employer is not
otherwise liable for complying with or failing to comply with section 364.021.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 364.09, is amended to read:


(a) This chapter does not apply to the licensing process for peace officers; to law
enforcement agencies as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (f); to fire
protection agencies; to eligibility for a private detective or protective agent license; to the
licensing and background study process under chapters 245A and 245C; to eligibility
for school bus driver endorsements; to eligibility for special transportation service
endorsements; to eligibility for a commercial driver training instructor license, which is
governed by section 171.35 and rules adopted under that section; to emergency medical
services personnel, or to the licensing by political subdivisions of taxicab drivers, if the
applicant for the license has been discharged from sentence for a conviction within the ten
years immediately preceding application of a violation of any of the following:

(1) sections 609.185 to 609.21, 609.221 to 609.223, 609.342 to 609.3451, or 617.23,
subdivision 2 or 3;

(2) any provision of chapter 152 that is punishable by a maximum sentence of
15 years or more; or

(3) a violation of chapter 169 or 169A involving driving under the influence, leaving
the scene of an accident, or reckless or careless driving.

This chapter also shall not apply to eligibility for juvenile corrections employment, where
the offense involved child physical or sexual abuse or criminal sexual conduct.

(b) This chapter does not apply to a school district or to eligibility for a license
issued or renewed by the Board of Teaching or the commissioner of education.

(c) Nothing in this section precludes the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers
Training Board or the state fire marshal from recommending policies set forth in this
chapter to the attorney general for adoption in the attorney general's discretion to apply to
law enforcement or fire protection agencies.

(d) This chapter does not apply to a license to practice medicine that has been denied
or revoked by the Board of Medical Practice pursuant to section 147.091, subdivision 1a.

(e) This chapter does not apply to any person who has been denied a license to
practice chiropractic or whose license to practice chiropractic has been revoked by the
board in accordance with section 148.10, subdivision 7.

(f) This chapter does not supersede a requirement under law to conduct a criminal
history background investigation or consider criminal history records in hiring for
particular types of employment.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 364.10, is amended to read:


Violation of the rights established in sections 364.01 to 364.10 by a public employer
shall constitute a violation of a person's civil rights.


This act is effective January 1, 2014.

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