“Banning the Box”

As the title references, ‘banning the box’ is the act of taking away an employer’s ability to ask about criminal background information on the initial application or interview.  This type of legislation has swept the nation and poses a multitude of problems to both pre-employment background screening providers as well as employers who wish to screen potential employees.

While the legislation is designed to prevent discrimination and help lower recidivism rates, it is slowly placing an extra burden on employers.  Not knowing about a potentially disqualifying felony conviction early in the selection process can mean not only an extended search, but also wasted time by both the employer as well as the applicant.

At Background Check Central we make every effort to stay in compliance with both federal and state law regarding background checks.  Make sure to consult your human resources representative before making any pre-employment screening decisions.