On October 6, 2015 Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a measure to remove questions about criminal history from county job applications. The Miami Herald reports that the goal is to give applicants who may have made a mistake a “full and fair” opportunity to present themselves and impress with their resume and interviewing skills.
The measure does not mean the end of background screening. Criminal background checks will continue to be part of the applicant screening process, but county applicants can only be asked about their criminal backgrounds if they are considered a finalist for the position. And there are exceptions to the measure. Applicants for corrections department positions, fire department and police will have to answer the question up front.
In passing this measure, Miami-Dade joins 19 states and more than 100 cities and communities nationwide. Other Florida communities adopting “ban the box” measures include Tampa and Jacksonville.