For Ohio Public Employers, “ban the box” Is Now the Law.
A few days before Christmas, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that prohibits public employers from including on job applications questions regarding an applicant’s criminal background. This and similar laws in other jurisdictions are often referred to as being part of the “ban the box” initiative.
So what is the immediate impact for employers and HR professionals? For those in the public sector in Ohio, there is a new law to comply with. Additionally, with criminal history questions removed from applications, public employers likely will have to make use of other resources—such as background checks later in the process—where the job at issue calls for a criminal history inquiry. The use of background checks by employers brings a variety of other legal compliance issues into play, as discussed below.