Criminal History Questions To Be Removed From Mass Job Applications

A new law in Massachusetts banning most employers from asking about criminal history on an initial job application took effect November 4th. The idea is that by making it easier for those with criminal records to find employment the cases of repeat offenders will decrease. Whether you agree with this or not it’s time to reprint your applications.

If you have stacks of applications you’d rather not throw away you do have a couple of options. First is to place a sticker over the area of the application asking about criminal offenses. Second is to clearly indicate somewhere on the application that they are not to fill out that portion. Employers are still allowed to ask about criminal records within the bounds of current law, but only after the initial application has been filed. In addition, those employers who are not allowed by law to employ persons with criminal records can continue asking during the initial application as usual.

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