President Obama “Bans the Box”

According to a press release issued on November 2, 2015 President Obama issued an executive order that will “Ban the Box”.  “The President has called on Congress to follow a growing number of states, cities, and private companies that have decided to “ban the box” on job applications.  We are encouraged that Congress is considering bipartisan legislation that would “ban the box” for federal hiring and hiring by federal contractors.  In the meantime, the President is directing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take action where it can by modifying its rules to delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process.  While most agencies already have taken this step, this action will better ensure that applicants from all segments of society, including those with prior criminal histories, receive a fair opportunity to compete for Federal employment. ” https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-speaks-re-entry-process-formerly-incarcerated-individuals

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