Maine Prohibits Employers from Requiring Job Applicants to Disclose their Social Security Number

May 07, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2020, employers in Maine will not be able to ask a prospective employee to disclose his or her social security number on an employment application or during the application process, except for the purpose of substance abuse testing or a preemployment background check. Employers would be able to request a social security number after the employee has been hired. The days of the “one size fits all” employment application have ended. As federal, state, and local governments increasingly heighten employer hiring process requirements, national employers must be diligent to avoid getting tripped up by the varying rules across different locations. Specifically, three areas may expose employers to liability if asked about on employment applications: "ban the box" laws, salary/compensation history bans, and medical inquiries. Employers may order compliant employment applications on SESCO's web site, www.sescomgt.com, or may submit their current employment application for review.