Ban-the-Box: Adopting Fair Hiring Standards

Jun 30, 2021 - 01:00 PM
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Ban the Box” refers to the box on employment applications requiring applicants to disclose whether they have a prior criminal conviction.  Current law prohibits employers from requesting or considering a candidate’s conviction history until a conditional offer of employment has been made.  Ban the Box is intended to push a background check later into the hiring process so that employers consider the applicant’s qualifications before their criminal history.

Course Objectives

Nationwide, over 150 states, cities, and counties have different requirements as to when employers may request a criminal history or run a background check and what they can do with that information.  If an employer runs a background check after a conditional offer of employment has been made, care must be taken before any adverse decision is communicated to the applicant as there are strict regulations governing this process.  It’s anticipated in the near future that existing laws will broaden their reach to include private employers, resulting in greater enforcement of these laws.



Momentum for the ban-the-box policy has grown exponentially, particularly in recent years.  Ban the Box was the rallying cry of the All of Us or None organizers that refers to removing the conviction history check-box from a job application.  All of Us or None is a grassroots, civil rights organization led by formerly incarcerated and convicted individuals.  

At the national level, former President Obama endorsed ban-the-box by directing federal agencies to delay inquiries into job applicants’ records until later in the hiring process.   An employer’s use of an individual’s criminal history in making employment decisions may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  In the last twenty years, there has been a significant increase in the number of Americans who have had contact with the criminal justice system, and along with that, a major increase in the number of people with criminal records in the working-age population.

Course Outline:

• Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

• Ensuring conviction information in used fairly in the hiring process

• Integrating the EEOC arrest and conviction record guidelines into the hiring process

• Employers’ Use of Criminal History Information

• The EEOC’s interest in Employer’s use of Criminal Records in Employment Screening

• Determining Disparate Impact of Policies & Practices that Screen Individuals Based on Records of Criminal Conduct

• Determining whether a criminal conduct exclusion is job-related and consistent with business necessity

• Nature and gravity of the offense or conduct

• Employers best practices

• Time that has passed since the offense, conduct and/or completion of the sentence

• Fair-chance policies – Do they work?

• What doesn’t fair-chance policies do?

• What you should know about the EEOC Arrest and Conviction Records

• Green factors and Criminal Conduct Screens

• Nature of the job held or sought


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Who Will Benefit:

• Senior Leadership

• Human Resource Managers & Representatives

• Recruiting Staff

• Managers & Supervisors

• Compensation Professionals

• Compliance Professionals

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Speaker: Bob Mckenzie,

Bob McKenzie has over 35 years of human resources management experience. His background includes a wide range of hands-on HR practices in a variety of industries and all areas of human resource management. He started McKenzieHR, a human resources management firm in Jacksonville, Florida in 2002. Bob has been cited in a number of Human Resources trade publications. Among them are, HR Magazine, HR Florida Review, The Jacksonville Business Journal,, BNA and the Institute of Management and Administration. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences as well as national audio and web-based seminars. He has been the keynote speaker and a guest speaker at a number of conferences and business meetings. One of his major talents is teaching HR professionals about their field. He has been facilitating a class for 12 year preparing Human Resources professionals to take and pass the HR certification exam. He is proud to say that has an 80% pass rate for first time test takers, well above the national average of 52%. Bob is a graduate of Rider University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree and double majored in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior. He is actively involved in the Small Business Resource Network and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations.

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