On September 7, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order bringing the “ban the box” law to state departments and agencies in his state. The law prohibits state departments and agencies from asking potential candidates about criminal history on job applications. Snyder also directed the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to remove criminal history questions from applications for state-issued licenses that don’t require such inquiries under state law. These orders go into effect on October 1, 2018.
According to Crain’s Detroit Business, Snyder urged private employers to ban the box, but stopped short of urging Michigan state legislature to make it law. Democrat-sponsored “ban the box” legislation has fallen short recent years, but Snyder and others see it as a way to increase applications for jobs in the state and potentially lead to legislative action.
“When you talk about electricians or plumbers, we all know we can use more people in those fields,” Snyder tells The Detroit News, “and if we can broaden the pipeline of people able to do that work, I think it’s a good thing for all of us.”