Miami-Dade Decides to “Ban the Box”

When applying for any job, an applicant will always see the box asking to disclose whether the applicant has had any previous criminal convictions.  It’s a staple of the employment process but thanks to a nationwide movement called “Ban the Box” this step is now a thing of the past, at least here in Miami-Dade County.

Contrary to what you might think, the criminal conviction disclosure is not being removed entirely.  Instead, employees will still be receiving background checks, but only if they become finalists for the job they may be seeking.  The intent behind this change is to allow job seekers who may have made minor mistakes in their past the “full and fair” chance to showcase their resume and job skills.  Once their criminal conviction comes into the discussions, any employee may have already impressed the hiring manager enough to obtain the position they were seeking.

County commissioners see this change as a new way to give applicants a second chance in finding gainful employment and potentially make an honest living, however anyone applying for corrections department positions, fire rescue, and police will still be required to answer the criminal history question up front.  These new changes follow laws passed in nineteen other states that are also aimed at job seekers.

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