North Las Vegas, NV became the first municipality in Nevada to "ban the box" inquiring about conviction history on job applications. Cities, counties and states across the nation enact such legislation in hopes of giving those with criminal records a better chance at obtaining employment. Background checks may still be conducted, but only after applicants have been through the interview process.
"By not giving people a fair chance at employment, by not giving them the opportunity to support themselves and their families in a productive way, we are in effect pushing them to re-offend," May Pro Tem Issac Barron said.
State and federal laws will apply, so positions which require initial disclosure by state or federal law will still have to disclose during the application process.
The law applies only to city applicants, not private employers.