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Statewide view: ‘Ban the box’ law would mean rewiring hiring

Published 05/10/2013, Duluth News Tribune

Two days ago, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to adopt “ban the box” legislation, which would place new limits on employers’ ability to inquire about job applicants’ prior arrests or criminal convictions. Specifically, the law would prohibit employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories or performing background checks until after the applicant has been selected for an interview or offered a job. The law does, however, exempt certain categories of employers — including banks, nursing homes and others that provide services to vulnerable people — from its prohibitions if they are otherwise required by law to perform background checks.

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