On November 4th, a new law will go into effect for Massachusetts that will “ban the box”. According to SHRM, “… bars employers from requiring applicants to check a box if they have a criminal history… The provisions that govern the access to and use of CORI records are not effective until Feb. 6, 2012.”
Although asking for criminal convictions on the initial application is prohibited, employers can still ask for the information during or after the job interview. “This “ban the box” provision is seen as a way of giving ex-offenders a greater chance at obtaining a job,” states background verification firm Carco Group, Inc.
Are you prepared for this new legislature?
Has your applicant tracking system made the appropriate modification(s) to comply?
Will you change the criminal history collection process for all of your locations to make it consistent?