Ban the Box is spreading. Is your business at risk?

Ban the Box Idea Worries Iowa Small Business Owner
“I should not have to go blind into that hiring decision.”

Virginia Governor Signs Ban The Box Law
Prohibits some employers from asking job candidates about their criminal history.

Oregon Small Business Worried About Ban The Box
Bill would ‘put the employer in a hiring straitjacket.’

Tennessee Ban The Box Legislation on Hold, But Only Temporarily
Bill is likely to come up again in 2016.

Sixteen states have adopted ban the box laws as of April 3, according to the National Employment Law Project.

Why Ban the Box Mandates are Bad for Small Business Owners

  • Ban the box laws forbid an employer from asking if an applicant has a criminal record on a job application, delaying such questions until later in the hiring process.
  • Banning transparent employment applications means small business owners are unable to ensure the safety of their employees, customers and businesses when they can’t make the right hire.
  • Mandates like this leave business owners more vulnerable to litigation claims.
  • Prohibiting employers from asking these questions early on in the hiring process or not allowing background checks can make the hiring process longer and more costly. Not all small businesses have the additional resources or a human resources department to deal with an extended hiring process.

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