University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website.

Under the UC Ban the Box policy – which could begin as early as October 2017 – information about prior convictions will be requested only after job applicants have advanced to the final stage in the hiring process based on their qualifications, talents, and skills. If a job applicant has a prior conviction, human resources will assess the type of conviction, when it occurred, and its relevance to the position. FULL ARTICLE