A growing number of states, cities and counties have enacted laws designed to remove barriers faced by individuals with criminal records in finding employment. The “ban-the-box” legislation eliminates the criminal history question on applications, while laws are in place that distinguish when and how an employer may use criminal history information in the hiring process. There are even financial incentives for employers who hire individuals with qualifying records. Although challenges can be presented in remaining compliant, three simple guidelines can make the process much easier. Start by examining applications, job postings and recruiting materials for compliance. Train hiring personnel to be aware of existing laws and familiarize yourself and others with the requirements for legal criminal history and other background checks that vary by location.