Despite a veto of SB. 839 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last May, the Maryland legislature went ahead and overrode that veto last week and thereby became the 14th state in the nation to “Ban the Box”. “An Act Concerning Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)” prohibits employers with 15 or more full-time employees from “requiring an applicant to disclose whether the applicant has a criminal record or has had criminal accusations brought against the applicant” prior to the applicant’s first in-person interview. It does not prohibit an employer from making inquiries that are required by federal or state law, but otherwise restricts what a potential employer can ask. It has an effective date of January 1, 2020, so presumably covered employers are now subject to the Act’s provisions and therefore should ensure hiring practices are in compliance with the new laws’ provisions.