Navigating "Ban the Box"
"Ban the Box" is a movement that advocates for employers to remove asking whether applicants have a criminal background on job applications. We can’t speak to every specific “Ban the Box” law/regulation because they are all somewhat different, but usually they only require that companies remove the question box from the employment application. If you are going to perform a criminal background check later in the process, you may want to let applicants know that on your application so they know they will be subject to one.
We recommend that employers run background checks either at the end of their hiring process or after a contingent offer of employment has been extended – meaning you’re offering them employment contingent on a clean background check. And remember, if you decide not to hire someone because of what appears in their background check, you may be legally obligated to provide the background report to them.