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