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Q: What does it mean to “ban-the-box,” and how does it affect our hiring process?
A: Ban-the-box legislation is quickly spreading throughout state and local jurisdictions. Even if your jurisdiction has not adopted such legislation yet, it is likely that it will do so in the not-so-distant future. Therefore, it is vital to understand both the rationale behind the legislation and how it will affect your organization’s hiring processes.
The “box” that is the subject of so much controversy is the commonly used checkbox on job application forms that asks whether an applicant has a prior criminal record.