I have to admit that I was unaware that this was a thing as I can't remember ever being asked a question like this on a job application. Maybe I have, but if that is the case I don't recall it.

The question is one that asks an applicant if they have ever been convicted of a felony.

The movement to remove this question on applications is known as "Ban the Box", and the ban has happened in about thirty six states and around one hundred counties and cities in the United States.

According to WILX-TV, Governor Rick Snyder announced that the state will now not ask this question of job applicants and people who need certain licenses for their jobs.

Proponents of "Ban the Box" say that if you don't ask someone if they are a felon on a job application, it will force potential employers to consider an applicants qualifications first before the possibility of the job seeker being taken off the table immediately because of their run-in's with the law.

Get more info about "Ban the Box" here from WILX-TV.

 

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