Baltimore Becomes the 10th Jurisdiction to “Ban the Box”

On May 15, 2014, the City of Baltimore, Maryland, became the tenth U.S. jurisdiction to “ban the box”. Although Baltimore city council members tout the new ordinance as the most progressive law banning the box in the U.S., the ordinance is closer to the middle of the pack. This may be a relief to employers because each ban-the-box law has tended to be tougher than the last. To comply with the ordinance, which will go into effect on August 13, 2014, covered employers should: Determine whether the ordinance applies; Review their employment application; and Revise their hiring procedures.

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