What is Ban the Box anyway?
We have been hearing more and more about Ban the Box; and states, municipalities, and cities have been enacting new legislation in rapid succession. The “Box” has historically been present in employment applications and asks candidates to report if they have been convicted of a crime.
Recent legislation trends have been requiring the box be banned, or removed, from the employment application, and the question of convictions be reserved for later in the process, either during the interview process, or when an offer of employment is being made. The goal is to reduce discrimination of the population with a criminal history, and allow the process to gauge the candidates’ qualifications and merits for employment, without first considering their previous criminal history. Lawmakers hope that these steps will reduce recidivism and put more people back to work.
If you are having trouble keeping abreast of the rapidly changing legislation, or determining which laws take precedence, you are not alone, and the Society of Human Resource Management has done a great job of compiling and updating a list of jurisdictions that have Ban the Box laws, here. We can help too, please contact us.