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Nearly Half of Employers Continue to Ask About Criminal History on Job Applications


About half (48 percent) of employers that conduct pre-employment background checks still have a question on their application forms inquiring about applicants' criminal histories, despite the growing momentum to "ban the box" on job applications.

Criminal records searches are used by 93 percent of employers that conduct prehire screening. But only 10 percent of employers wait until after making a job offer to ask about criminal history, according to Sterling Talent Solutions' 2017 Background Screening Trends & Best Practices Report. The 2017 survey was based on the responses of 507 employers that conduct background checks. Sterling Talent Solutions is a global background screening and onboarding firm headquartered in New York City.

More than half of respondents (55 percent) either direct candidates to check a box on the employment application if they have been convicted of a crime or ask about criminal history during the interview stage. Another 28 percent do not ask candidates about prior criminal history at all. In 2015, three-fourths of respondents said that their job applications included a question about a candidate's prior criminal history. FULL ARTICLE

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