Last week, we advised you that the Maryland Legislature wasted little time before it overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Ban the Box legislation in the First State. Keeping in that vein, the city of St. Louis, Missouri approved its own ordinance a few weeks ago and became the third city in the Show Me State to Ban the Box. The Ban the Box ordinance, effective on January 1, 2021, prohibits covered private employers from basing a hiring or promoting decision on whether the applicant has any criminal history unless the employer can demonstrate its decision is based on all available information. We urge caution on this as it sounds as though the burden of proof just shifted to the employer to prove the validity of its decision. In addition, covered employers cannot inquire or require disclosure from a job applicant of their criminal history before the applicant is qualified, interviewed and included in the final selection pool for the job. Kansas City adopted Ban the Box in 2018, while Columbia, Missouri put it on the books in 2014.