"St. Pete proposes ""Ban the Box"" policy and $12.50 minimum wage"
"St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is on a roll trying to improve economic conditions for some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. Today he announced another effort, but this time one that could benefit the entire city. Beginning Jan. 1, St. Pete will join nearly 70 other cities including Tampa in ""banning the box."" That is the box on applications for city jobs that asks prospective employees whether they have a criminal record. The change in city policy will affect only city jobs. It does not mandate private sector jobs to follow suit. The policy also will not exclude background checks for city jobs and they will still be mandated for any public safety positions. Those checks will just be looked at later in the process."