Commissioners Approve “Ban the Box” Ordinance

People applying for a job in Broward County government will no longer be initially asked if they’ve been arrested or have a criminal background. Commissioners unanimously voted to “ban the box,” a phrase that refers to the check box on employment applications that asks about a person’s past criminal wrong doing. “I think we are leading the way here by setting an example that we ought to ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide for themselves,” said Broward Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, who first brought the ordinance to the Board for approval.

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