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How Obama Could Make a Little Box on Job Applications a Very Big Deal


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Would you consider interviewing job candidates before knowing if they have a criminal record? It's not as radical an idea as it sounds.In fact, many companies already do this. Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Koch Industries, and others have already adopted so-called fair-chance hiring policies for people with records, which are designed to give these candidates a better shot at getting an interview by removing the requirement to disclose a record upfront. It's commonly referred to as "banning the box"--meaning the standard check box on job applications that asks if you've ever been convicted of committed a crime.More than 200 national, state, and local organizations, including the ACLU, the AFL-CIO, and the National Employment Law Project (NELP), have endorsed these policies.

Wow, even Koch Industries does it. 

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