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‘Ban the Box’ still a struggle for some Minnesota employers

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Starting Jan. 1, Minnesota em­­ployers’ job applications could no longer ask candidates about past criminal convictions. But some employers, including some of the state’s largest, have not completely adapted to the new legal landscape.

According to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report, the state Depart­­ment of Human Rights (DHR) has investigated approximately 50 complaints. In most cases, the job applications violated state law.

DHR sent warning letters to the companies explaining that their applications were not in compliance and giving them 30 days to make corrections. More than 40 responded that they had changed the application, but  DHR is still waiting to hear from 16 employers.

Minnesota-based Target and 3M were among those that received letters. Both claim that out-of-date applications were inadvertently still in use. General Mills was cited for an online application that failed to list Minnesota as a “ban the box” state.

Employers that don’t comply with the “ban the box” law are subject to $500 fines.

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