‘Ban-the-Box’ Bill for Federal Jobs Reintroduced

Recruiters and hiring managers at federal agencies and at employers that contract with the federal government would be prohibited from asking job applicants about their criminal history until the later stages of the hiring process under newly reintroduced legislation.

A group of bipartisan lawmakers led by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., reintroduced companion bills, titled the Fair Chance Act, April 5 in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation seeks to "ban the box" in federal employment.

Banning the box refers to eliminating the check box asking about criminal history from job applications and holding off from waiting to conduct background screens until later in the hiring process, often after a job offer has been made. Twenty-six states and more than 150 cities and counties nationwide have passed ban-the-box policies, and some marquee employers such as Wal-Mart, Koch Industries, Target, Home Depot, Starbucks, and Bed Bath & Beyond have also implemented the restriction. FULL ARTICLE

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