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October 11 2016

"Trends in the ""Ban the Box"" Movement: Recent Developments in City Ordinances"

"As cities across the nation adopt "ban the box" legislation that regulates private employers ' ability to inquire into applicants ' and employees ' criminal histories, employers face a nuanced gauntlet of compliance issues.

Because of the current wave of ban the box ordinances is likely to continue, employers should continue to evaluate their pre-employment and hiring practices and make necessary adjustments. Specifically, affected employers should review their employment applications, advertisements, and postings to ensure that any questions regarding an applicant 's criminal history are legally compliant for each cities and municipalities. Affected employers should also make sure all hiring|recruiting managers are apprised of the new ordinance requirements through training and revision of policies."