St. Louis city will no longer require job applicants to disclose felony convictions

Applications for employment with the City of St. Louis no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction, so that candidates automatically are not disqualified. Instead, the City screens applicants on a case-by-case basis, considering the specific circumstances, the nature of the crime, how long ago it occurred, and how it might reflect on the candidate’s qualifications for the specific job under consideration. Certain jobs continue to be subjected to a criminal background check. Banning that box is the logical next step to removing employment barriers for people who have been convicted of crimes.