Ban the Box is once again a front-of-mind topic for every employer. In an effort to aid reentry and reintegration of job candidates with criminal records into the workplace, President Obama has requested Congress to pass legislation that will prevent employers from inquiring about criminal records on job applications. This doesn’t mean that a candidate’s criminal information will never be released to a company, rather it aims to delay criminal checks until later in the hiring process. The Ban the Box effort is designed to further level the playing field for rehabilitated job candidates and to promote equal opportunities.

As the new legislation goes to a vote, it will be even more critical for employers to understand the requirements and to ensure compliance with federal regulations. As such, employers are encouraged to work with labor attorneys, AA/HR professionals, NAPBS accredited background screening providers and ATS software vendors to guarantee recruitment compliance.


Here is a link to more information about the ban the box from our partners at Employment Screening Resources – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – a nationwide background screening firm located in the San Francisco, California area that is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®).


Newton is fully-featured ATS software that’s specifically designed to help small and medium-size employers hire. With Newton, employers enjoy a great user experience that’s completely mobile and loved by hiring managers. And, we never leave success to chance. Each new customer is assigned a dedicated US-based Customer Success Manager to ensure a speedy and successful activation. On-going phone, email and web-based customer support is free and fast (87% of support cases are resolved within 24 hours). And, finally, Newton is affordable for SMBs. We believe in leaving organizations with some budget to spend on other recruiting-related products and services.


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