“Ban the Box” Laws

“Ban the Box” is the name associated with a campaign by civil rights groups and fair chance advocates. The goal of this initiative is to see the checkbox that asks about an applicant’s criminal history be removed from the employment application. Several statewide and local laws have already been enacted and many of them contain provisions requiring employers to do more than simply remove the checkbox.

This map depicts locations that have a statewide and/or local “Ban the Box” laws that impact private employers. Below the map you’ll find a summary of each law.

This information is presented for general educational purposes and is provided solely for the convenience of its readers. It is not a substitute for legal advice. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.