State “Ban the Box” Legislation Gains Momentum

The “ban the box” movement continues to sweep through state legislatures. Recent legislation in two states applies “ban the box” prohibitions to private employers in the state. On December 1, a new North Carolina law went into effect that prohibits employers from inquiring about arrests, charges or convictions that have been expunged. This prohibition applies to requests for information on applications and during interviews with applicants. In addition, applicants are not required to disclose expunged arrests, charges or convictions. . On January 1, 2014, a new Minnesota law goes into effect that prohibits employers from inquiring into, requiring disclosure of or considering the criminal record or history of an applicant until the applicant has been selected for an interview or, if there is no interview, until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

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