Tennessee State Government Banned the Box,
Now It’s the Feds’ Turn
Have you heard the phrase "Ban the Box" but weren't sure what it meant?
"Ban the box" initiatives provide applicants a fair chance by removing the conviction history question on job applications and delaying the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process.
The Tennessee legislature recently passed legislation ensuring a fair opportunity to thousands of Tennesseans seeking a second chance by banning the box on most job applications for most state employers.
According to the Department of Justice, more than 650,000 people are released from prison every year – and one key element the DOJ identified to reducing recidivism rates is helping them find a job.
There's no better place than the roughly 25% of U.S. workers who are employed by federal contractors or subcontractors. That's more than 40 million people.
Now that you know what it means to “Ban the Box” and how many potential workers it could help find jobs across the country, take action and urge the federal government to follow Tennessee’s example and ban the box for all federal agency and federal contractor job applications.
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