Target to Ban the Box Asking Job Seekers about Criminal History on Applications Starting January 1

Target Corp. will ‘Ban the Box’ asking job seekers about their criminal history on employment applications starting next year to comply with a new Minnesota law that takes effect January 1, 2014, according to a story from the StarTribune available at

The StarTribune reports that the budding ‘Ban the Box’ movement “calls for employers to wait until a prospective employee is being interviewed or has a provisional job offer before inquiring whether he or she has a criminal past” to give ex-offenders “a better chance at getting a job” and “level playing field.”

Minnesota-based Target had $73 billion in annual revenue and is “the state’s third-largest employer with close to 1,800 stores and 362,000 employees nationwide,” the StarTribune reports. Target became involved in the ‘Ban the Box’ effort last year as the bill was being “developed, formulated and debated.”

As reported by ESR News in May 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law Senate File 523 (SF 523) to extend “Ban the Box” provisions that existed in public employment to private employers. To read SF 523, visit

According to a Ban the Box Resource Guide from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), several states and more than 50 cities and counties in the U.S. have adopted similar legislation. The Resource Guide from NELP is available at

A NELP study titled ‘65 Million Need Not Apply’ estimated that 64.6 million people – representing 27.8 percent or more than one in four adults in the United States – had a criminal record for either an arrest or a conviction. The study is available at

The ‘Ban the Box’ movement is one of the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ selected by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide background check company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®).

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