“Ban the box” policies arose from a belief that employers should consider a job candidate’s qualifications first—without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. Many ban the box policies provide applicants a fair chance at employment by removing conviction and arrest history questions from job applications and delaying background checks until later in the hiring process.
State lawmakers are increasingly interested in statutory provisions that automatically clear a person’s criminal record.
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