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Ban-the-Box turns 20 years old!

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The state of Hawaii set the wheels in motion for the ban-the-box movement with their fair-chance law, enacted in July 1998. The “box” refers to the box commonly included in an employment application which asks the candidate if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past.

Massachusetts adds provisions to its 'ban-the-box' law and cites employers for non-compliance

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The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office recently cited 21 employers for violating ban-the-box law on their paper applications. Four employers were fined $5,000, with the remaining 17 issued letters that ordered them to comply with ban the box by removing questions about criminal records from their applications.

What is Ban the Box anyway?

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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.

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