Background Buzz Insider
April 3, 2014
Over 50 Cities and Counties—Including New York City—Have
“Ban The Box”
In 1998, Hawaii had the distinction of becoming
the first state to adopt ban-the-box.
Momentum for the policy has grown exponentially,
particularly in recent years. Just in 2013, four
states have passed legislation and a fifth state embraced ban-the-box
through an executive order.
Today there are a total of ten states representing nearly every
region of the country that have adopted ban-the-box policies—California
(2013, 2010), Colorado (2012), Connecticut (2010), Hawaii
(1998), Illinois (2013), Maryland (2013), Massachusetts (2010),
Minnesota (2013, 2009), New Mexico (2010), and Rhode Island (2013).
Of these ten states, four states—Hawaii, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, and Rhode Island—have banned the box for private
employers, which many advocates embrace as the next step in the
evolution of these policies. Federally, the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last year endorsed ban-the-box as
a best practice in its guidance for employment decisions considering
arrests and convictions.
Citing public safety benefits and supporting economic
vitality, several jurisdictions have leveraged ban-the-box as
an opportunity to adopt comprehensive reform. For example, jurisdictions
adopted hiring policies modeled on the EEOC guidance that require
the employer to demonstrate
that the criminal records restrictions are directly related to
clergy leaders explained in a recent op-ed, “It’s
not just about fairness for people with records—it’s
also good for [the] economy and for the safety of our communities
to ensure we’re maximizing job opportunities for everyone.”
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