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Minnesota Enacts “Ban the Box Law” Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Checkmark Boxes and Restricting Criminal Record Inquiries Until After Interviews or Conditional Job Offers

Effective January 1, 2014, recent amendments to Minnesota law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by most private employers into a candidate’s criminal past. Employers who are not exempted from the law may not: (1) inquire into or consider or require disclosure of criminal record information until the applicant has been selected for an […]

SHRM Survey on Employee Background Checks

Seven out of 10 organizations (69%) claim they conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates, according to a 2012 background check survey from the Society for Human Resources Management. That survey shows another 18% conduct such checks on select job finalists and only 14% say they don’t research candidates for criminal records. When conducting […]

Richmond City Council Unanimously Passes ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

The Richmond’s City Council voted unanimously to eliminate requirements that applicants for many city jobs acknowledge prior felony convictions on initial applications. Though the “ban the box” ordinance’s passage was never in doubt – it was on the council’s consent agenda. Many said they didn’t expect the measure to end the difficulty that convicted felons […]

Proposed “Ban the Box” Bill Would Greatly Restrict Use of Applicants’ Criminal Background Information by New Jersey Employers

On February 7, 2013, “The Opportunity to Compete Act” was introduced in the New Jersey Senate, seeking to dramatically curtail the ability of New Jersey employers to obtain or use a job applicant’s criminal history during the hiring process. The proposed bill would require employers to engage in a multi-step process before rejecting an applicant […]

Employment Applications and Background Checks – Are You Compliant With Ever-changing Laws?

As laws continue to change, employers must ensure the employment applications and background checking processes and procedures they use are up-to-date and compliant. Currently, many employment applications ask about an applicant’s criminal history and the answers are taken into account during hiring decisions. However, a few states and cities around the country have enacted “ban […]

The Truth Behind “Ban the Box”!

At its most basic, “Ban the Box” means removing the “box” on any application that asks whether the person has a prior criminal history. In removing this box, it is believed that the possibility of immediate discrimination towards those with a past criminal record would be eliminated. It is also thought that by banning this […]

Ban the Box” and Pre-Employment Criminal Records Checks – An In-Depth Look

Representative Hansen Clarke has proposed HR 6220, to prohibit an employer from inquiring whether an applicant for employment has been convicted of a criminal offense, except in certain circumstances. Referred to as the “Ban the Box Act”, this bill is of similar intent to “Second Chance” legislation previously offered by lawmakers in recent years. ISPLA […]

Feds Consider Taking Ex-Offenders Out of the Box

With nearly 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. having a criminal record, there is a call by civil rights organizations, politicians and some employers to change Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines to “ban the box”- the portion on a job application asking candidates to reveal details of their criminal history during the application […]

Rhode Island Enacts “Ban the Box” Law Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Inquiries Until the First Job Interview

Effective January 1, 2014, a recent amendment to Rhode Island law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by Rhode Island employers about a job applicant’s criminal past. Employers who are covered by the law may not inquire about an applicant’s prior criminal history until during or after the first interview with the applicant. The […]

Ban the Box’: a Major Milepost on a Long Road

On May 13 Gov. Mark Dayton signed “Ban the box” legislation, requiring private employers in Minnesota to wait until someone is selected for an interview before asking about criminal records; a major milepost in the road to restoration: a road not only for people with criminal records seeking employment, but for us as a society. […]

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