Virginia's "Ban the Box"

Last Friday, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Order requiring state agencies to remove from their employment applications questions that would disqualify job seekers on the basis of a criminal record.  The change is commonly referred to as "ban the box."  The District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, as well as the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George, have instituted similar policies, as have 14 cities and counties in Virginia, including Arlington, Fairfax and Richmond.  The legislation encourages private employers in Virginia to follow suit, but Virginia's new legislation does not apply to private employers.

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