In our series of blogs discussing national “Ban the Box” trends, we reported earlier this year that on January 1, 2014, private employers in Minnesota will be required to eliminate the box on employment applications that asks applicants if they have a criminal record. Now Target Corp., based in Minneapolis, has decided to also remove the box from its applications nationwide.

The company’s Vice President and General Counsel of Employee and Labor Relations, Jim Rowander, told the Star Tribune that since the organization was revising the application for its Minnesota locations, “it made sense to craft a uniform and consistent process nationwide.”

The “Ban the Box” laws are intended to provide the opportunity for persons with criminal backgrounds prove their qualifications to potential employers instead of disqualifying them immediately. It is also important to note that removing the box from employment applications does not mean that employers cannot do criminal background checks.

In previous blogs on this subject, we’ve noted that it is our belief that the “Ban the Box” movement will continue to grow and will also increasingly include private employers in addition to public sector employers. The decision by Target to "Ban the Box" nationally is yet another indication of the growth and direction of this type of legislation.

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