Columbia City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ on job applications

Columbia City Hall | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Columbia City Council voted to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

The Columbia City Council voted to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history until a conditional job offer has been extended. The decision to “ban the box” eliminates sections on job applications that require ex-offenders to disclose criminal history.

This measure, intended to create a level playing field for ex-offenders trying to find work, was recommended in May by a Columbia task force. The task force said the ordinance would help curtail crime in the city.

The ordinance includes exceptions for jobs that federal, state or local regulations prohibit convicted felons from holding.

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