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Ban the box updateSince January 1, 2014, several places such as Minnesota, Rhode Island and the City of Buffalo joined the rest of the local and state governments who have also passed ‘Ban the Box’ law. This ‘box’ refers to the part of the job application form where an applicant has to mention whether he or she have had any criminal past. Many employers used this information to reject an applicant before even going through with the interview process and ‘ban the box’ law has been introduced by various governments to stop employers from misusing this information.

This law has not been introduced by local and state governments in order to totally prohibit the employers from running criminal background checks on applicants. The reason for it is to ensure that employers don’t make their decisions on just the basis of the box; without finding out other information relevant to the job position.Having a…

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