Employers would be barred from initially asking employees if they have a criminal history under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Assembly on Friday gave final approval to a bill that supporters say would mean more ex-felons could get jobs and stay out of trouble.
Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento says his AB1008 would let employers ask about criminal histories later in the process. It requires businesses with five or more employees to inquire into and consider convictions only after the applicant has received a conditional job offer.
He says California would follow the lead of nine other states with similar restrictions.
There was no spoken opposition as the Assembly agreed with Senate restrictions on a 41-25 vote.