“Ban the Box” is a Fair Chance For Workers With Records

Removing questions about conviction history from job applications is a simple policy change that eases hiring barriers and creates a fair chance to compete for jobs.  Known as “ban the box,” this change allows employers to judge applicants on their qualifications first, without the stigma of a record.

The most effective policies don’t just remove the “box”; they ensure that conviction information is used fairly.  Employers should make individualized assessments instead of blanket exclusions and consider the age of the offense and its relevance to the job. Candidates should be given an opportunity to review background-check results.

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