A final rule that will delay criminal history inquiries in the federal hiring process was issued Nov. 30 by the Office of Personnel Management.
The regulation will ban federal agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after making a conditional employment offer. The rule is intended to stop government employers from weeding out applicants with criminal records not related to their qualifications for a specific job.
The rule and similar state and local measures are referred to as “ban the box” because they would remove the box asking about criminal histories from job applications.
The rule will...