After Releasing 6,000 Prisoners, Obama Gives Exec Order Forbidding Employers From Asking About Criminal History On Applications
The White House is unveiling an executive order from President Obama instructing all federal government agencies to remove admission of a criminal history from job applications.
The proposal, described as “banning the box,” would delay an investigation into a potential employee’s criminal history until later in the process instead of the job application form.
“While most agencies already have taken this step, this action will better ensure that applicants from all segments of society, including those with prior criminal histories, receive a fair opportunity to compete for Federal employment,” noted a fact sheet released by the White House this morning.
Obama will detail his executive order later today during an event in Newark, New Jersey, which is largely a symbolic effort to convince United States employers to follow suit.