Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Vermont 'ban the box' legislation

‘ban the box’ trend we’ve seen over the last couple of years. Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Vermont introduced laws, now in effect, that remove the box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal history.


On April 27, 2017, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) to prohibit “political subdivisions” such as counties, municipalities, and townships from passing ‘ban the box’ laws. See the bill here.


On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that a Fair Chance Hiring Policy for state agencies will ‘ban the box’ and remove criminal history questions from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under his jurisdiction. See the policy here.


On May 3, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law bill H.261 to ‘ban the box’ and remove questions about criminal records from initial job applications for both state and private employment in Vermont. See the bill here. All three of these took effect on July 1, 2017. ‘Ban the box’ legislation has now embraced by 30 states and more than 150 cities across the US.]]>

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