What are Ban the Box Laws?
Ban the Box laws refers to laws that require employers to remove the question on job applications asking whether or not a job applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. On many job applications, this question is answered by checking a box stating “Yes” or “No”.
Ban the Box laws aim to prevent discrimination against applicants who have criminal records. Some Ban The Box laws also places other kinds of restrictions and requirements on employers. These restrictions and requirements vary from states, counties, and cities that have Ban The Box laws in place.
Ban The Box laws can pose a challenge to employers in regards to compliance as it can impose additional requirements that may differ from federal FCRA requirements.
Ban The Box Laws Across The United States
Currently, many states across the U.S. have Ban the Box laws whether on city, county, state level, or all three. Below is a map that displays Ban the Box laws in each state.
It is important to note that Ban the Box laws, like other laws, can be subject to change at any point in time. The map below is a courtesy resource tool made on April 11, 2018. When looking for Ban The Box laws in your area, always check with your city, county, and state to get the latest information.