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      New bill may ban employers from asking about felony convictions

      Employers may no longer be able to have the felony checkbox on job applications.

      Employers may no longer be able to have the felony checkbox on job applications.

      Michigan lawmakers are currently considering banning the practice of asking potential employees about felony convictions.

      The law currently allows potential employers to ask about felony or misdemeanor convictions and felony arrests that did not result in a conviction.

      Supporters of the new legislation believe it discriminates against people with criminal backgrounds and prevents them from becoming productive members of society.

      On the other hand, major business groups say the practice of asking about felonies is helpful in keeping a safe work environment, MLive.com reports.

      The legislation was introduced by Representative Fred Durhal, D-Detroit, and currently sits in the House Committee on Commerce. It has not yet been voted on.