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Colorado Becomes 13th State to "Ban the Box."

Monday, July 1, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

Colorado became the 13th state to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their previous criminal convictions on job applications, also known as "banning the box." The law will prohibit employers from advertising that a person with a criminal history shouldn't apply, writing on applications that people with criminal histories may not apply and asking about criminal history on an initial application. The law takes effect Sept. 1, 2019, and requires all employers with 11 or more employees to participate. By Sept. 1, 2021, all employers must participate, although there are several exceptions. One of these exceptions is when another law requires criminal history checks for a particular job. More exceptions and details can be found by reading the law here. Other states that have "banned the box" include California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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