Ban the Box: Changes in Perception and Practice

The push to remove any questions from job applications about whether a prospective employee has a criminal record continued its momentum in the state legislatures in 2014. 

As of January 2015, nearly 100 cities and counties and 13 states have enacted laws and policies that require public or private employers, or both, to remove the question about criminal history from job applications, according to the National Employment Law Project’s report, ‘‘Ban the Box: U.S. Cities, Counties, and States Adopt Fair Hiring Policies to Reduce Unfair Barriers to Employment of People With Criminal Records.’’

There are many sides to the issue, but observers interviewed by Bloomberg BNA between August and December 2014 believe that more states without such laws will soon enact them.