Monday, August 18, 2014

That is SO last week

Last week, the “Ban the Box” ordinance in San Francisco took effect, and New Jersey and Illinois enacted similar measures.  While the measures differ slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the overall effect is the same. Employers are prohibited from asking applicants whether they have been convicted of a crime on a job application, or before the applicant has passed through initial screening and is considered basically qualified.  Employers are free to ask about criminal records later in the recruitment process if the existence of a criminal record is relevant to the position for which the employer is hiring.  Studies show that if an applicant makes it to an interview, the employer is more likely to hire the applicant even after finding out about a criminal record.
 
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Posted by: Kate Bischoff