Re-entry Initiative

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to evidence of an employee's past criminal record
Became a law September 4, 2008, with the approval of the Governor.
Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.
     The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
   bly, do enact as follows:
     Section 1. Subdivision 15 of section 296  of  the  executive  law,  as
   amended  by  chapter  166  of  the  laws  of 2000, is amended to read as
     15. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice  for  any  person,
   agency,  bureau, corporation or association, including the state and any
   political subdivision thereof, to deny any license or employment to  any
   individual  by reason of his or her having been convicted of one or more
   criminal offenses, or by reason of a finding of a lack  of  "good  moral
   character"  which  is based upon his or her having been convicted of one
   or more criminal offenses, when such  denial  is  in  violation  of  the
   provisions  of  article  twenty-three-A of the correction law.  Further,
   there shall be a rebuttable  presumption  in  favor  of  excluding  from
   evidence  the prior incarceration or conviction of any person, in a case
   alleging that the employer has been negligent in hiring or retaining  an
   applicant  or employee, or supervising a hiring manager, if after learn-
   ing about an applicant or employee's past criminal  conviction  history,
   such  employer  has  evaluated  the  factors  set forth in section seven
   hundred fifty-two of the correction law, and  made  a  reasonable,  good
   faith  determination  that  such  factors  militate  in favor of hire or
   retention of that applicant or employee.
     § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
   The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:
     Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of  the  Public
   Officers  Law,  we  hereby  jointly  certify that this slip copy of this
   session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such
   section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

Temporary President of the Senate
Speaker of the Assembly