What Minn.'s Ban-The-Box Law Means For Employers

Law360, New York (June 10, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT) -- On May 13, 2013, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law so-called “ban-the-box” legislation, which restricts employers’ ability to inquire into applicants’ criminal histories. The law prohibits employers from asking an applicant about his or her criminal history or performing a background check until the applicant has been selected for an interview or extended an offer of employment contingent on the background check.

The Minnesota law does not, however, place substantive restrictions on an employer’s consideration of an applicant’s criminal record, and it does not prohibit employers from declining to hire an applicant based on his or her criminal history. Rather,...

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