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February 8 2018

Employers still have questions as ban-the-box spreads

Fuelled by the "ban the box" movement that removed the box that asks about criminal history in 29 states and 150 counties or cities, many small businesses are considering fair chance employment.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research has revealed that when people with records can 't find employment, the gross domestic product (GDP) is affected by up to $87 billion per year. But many small businesses fear that fair-hiring laws will expose them to litigation when they choose not to hire a candidate. The National Bureau of Economic Research has added to the argument against banning the box, revealing that banning the box means that employers now are making biased assumptions, hurting the chances of minority candidates.