Bill de Blasio signs law to ban employers from asking job candidates about criminal history

Bill de Blasio signs law to ban employers from asking job candidates about criminal history
A meeting of the minds

In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.

“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin.

The mayor also signed legislation to step up regulation of the car wash industry. Car washes will have to obtain biannual city licenses as well as a $150,000 bond to cover costs if they are sued for wage theft.

Steve Rotlevi, owner of Zoom Car Spa in Brooklyn and head of Association of Car Washers, said the law was onerous.

“It is putting a gun to small business’ head,” he said. “It is the highest requirement for any city licensed industry.”

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