OPM proposes new ban the box rule
issued a proposed rule that would ensure that applicants with a criminal history have a fair shot to compete for Federal jobs. The rule would effectively “ban the box” for a significant number of positions in the Federal Government by delaying the point in the hiring process when agencies can inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer is made. This change prevents candidates from being eliminated before they have a chance to demonstrate their qualifications. The intended effect of this proposal is to better ensure that applicants from all segments of society, including those with prior criminal histories, receive a fair chance to gain Federal employment. It builds on the current practice of many agencies, which already choose to collect information on criminal history at late stages of the hiring process. The new rule, however, would take the important step to codify, formalize, and expand this best practice. According to OPM.gov, this proposal “sends a clear signal to applicants, agencies, and employers across the country that the Federal Government is committed to making it easier for those who have paid their debts to society to successfully return to their communities, while staying true to the merit system principles that govern our civil service by promoting fair competition between applicants from all segments of society”. For more information on how ban the box legislation could affect your business, contact our team today.]]>
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