‘Ban the box’ hir­ing reg­u­la­tion wins fi­nal White House ap­proval

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion fi­nal­ized a reg­u­la­tion Wed­nes­day to pre­vent the fed­eral govern­ment from ask­ing job ap­pli­cants about crim­i­nal records un­til a job has been of­fered, part of a series of ac­tions the White House said is aimed at re­form­ing the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

The Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment is fi­nal­iz­ing a rule known as “ban the box” to en­sure that ap­pli­cants with a crim­i­nal his­tory “have a fair shot” at fed­eral jobs, the White House said.

The rule de­lays the point in the hir­ing process when agen­cies can in­quire about an ap­pli­cant’s crim­i­nal his­tory, which the ad­min­is­tra­tion said will “pre­vent can­di­dates from be­ing elim­i­nated be­fore they have a chance to

demon­strate their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.”

“As the na­tion’s largest em­ployer, the fed­eral govern­ment should lead the way and serve as a model for all em­ploy­ers — both pub­lic and pri­vate,” the White House said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said that the govern­ment also has en­listed more than 300 ma­jor com­pa­nies to com­mit to a “fair chance” pledge.

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