PRESIDENT Barack Obama has announced on Monday that he is signing a new order taking steps to prevent hiring bias when it comes to former convicts.
The order would be along the lines of the “ban the box” initiative, which seeks to get rid of the box that job applicants check stating whether or not they have a criminal record.
While the box was previously seen as a way for employers to screen their applicants and streamline the hiring process, the practice has come under fire recently. Opponents of the box have claimed that the box serves as a way for employers to discriminate against anyone with a record, regardless of the severity of their crime.
The order, which will take immediate action, will mandate that the government’s HR department “delay inquiries into criminal history until later in the hiring process.”