Minneapolis-based retail giant Target has agreed to remove any questions concerning job applicants’ criminal background from its applications nationwide.
Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law applying “ban the box” to Minnesota’s private employers. Target will now observe that policy throughout the U.S.
Under the new law, an employer may not ask about an applicant’s criminal convictions until after it has made a conditional job offer.
Employers may never consider as a hiring factor arrests that didn’t result in a conviction.
Applicants may only be refused employment based on a past conviction if the employer has a sound business reason for doing so.
EEOC guidance advises employers to consider the seriousness of the offense, the time that has passed since it was committed and the relevance of the crime to the job being sought. According to the EEOC, 65 million Americans have some sort of criminal record.