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Under ‘ban the box,’ how to handle criminal background checks


In recent years, employers have begun questioning whether they can or cannot use an applicant’s criminal history in the hiring process.

Beginning during the Great Recession, the EEOC began to aggressively push for what has become known as “ban the box”—shorthand for prohibiting employers from asking about past criminal history before making a job offer. (The box is the space on a job application that asks about a candidate’s involvement with the criminal justice system.) FULL ARTICLE