Minnesota bans the box: What it means for employers

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by Kate Bischoff, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

Here’s a surprising statistic: One in four Americans has a criminal record. Studies show that the existence of a criminal record makes it difficult for ex-offenders to find a job. In addition, without a job, an ex-offender is more likely to be re-incarcerated.

Facts like these are behind a growing movement to keep ex-offenders from becoming an unemployable class.

That’s why Minne­sota is joining a number of other states in prohibiting em­­­­­­ployers from asking job applicants about their criminal records prior to a job interview.

Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s new “ban the box” law, which takes effect Jan. 1.

Banning the box

The new law requires most employers to “ban the box,” meaning that em­­ployment applications may not seek information on whether the applicant has a criminal history.

The law does not apply to em­­ployers that have a statutory duty to...(register to read more)

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