St. Paul City Council backs 'Ban the Box' efforts at state level

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 5:04 PM

Legislation would extend public policy to private employers seeking job applicants.

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raleighmamaMar. 6, 13 5:34 PM

Many large employers use "big box" online employment firms like Taleo. It appears that once Taleo has you in their system, and you "check the box" indicating you have a criminal history, all your applications go into the "do not hire" pile. Legislation needs to be aimed at these national employment companies.

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markapMar. 6, 13 5:53 PM

One more nail in the coffin of Minnesota businesses. Why is IBM taking its jobs elsewhere? Maybe the state should add an interview tax for new hires. That will really help.

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offtherecordMar. 6, 13 6:42 PM

So, if a day care cannot ask a person if they ever have been arrested or convicted will parents be upset if pedophiles are hired?

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offtherecordMar. 6, 13 6:44 PM

raleighmama - Are you OK with schools and day care centers hiring sex offenders and pedophiles? Or, is it none of their business if the applicant has been arrested and convicted of these crimes? How about banks? Should banks be required to hire thieves? Should I continue or do you get it?

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albundy74Mar. 6, 13 7:01 PM

Is there any further evidence needed that our leaders are completely devoid of common sense? I know we can't elect every criminal into public office, but can't the rest go to another state?

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galljcMar. 6, 13 7:56 PM

If they can do background checks why not save the company the time by allowing the applicant to disclose up front their status? Why make the company wait until the back end spending needless funds on a background check that will fail?

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wulffie22Mar. 6, 13 7:57 PM

There shouldn't be any adverse consequences for being a criminal should there? After all it isn't their fault they screwed up. I am sure we can find somebody to blame for putting criminals in a situation that makes getting a job a little more difficult than non criminals.

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stevenelMar. 6, 13 8:00 PM

The legislation provides for exceptions such as the daycare story offtherecord is spouting. Also good to know that the employer can still ask relevant questions about criminal background further on in the interview process.This legislation just gives qualified people a chance to convince potential employers that they deserve a fair shot at the job, rather than being excluded by someone's software program before even getting considered.

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supervon2Mar. 6, 13 8:13 PM

Didn't a law group in Wisconsin get an "Innocent" man out of prison a few years only to have him commit another murder in short order? I want to know who is working in my hospital or bank or place that I place trust in.

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anewmanMar. 6, 1310:01 PM

Really a lot of narrow-minded perspectives here. Nobody has to hire a criminal, but don't you think it's reasonable to at least give them a shot in front of an employer before they get knocked out? Do you people have any idea of how many people have SOME sort of criminal record? DUI? Shoplifting? Marijuana possession? Disorderly conduct? Public urination? Prostitution sting (man or woman) from many years ago? Don't any of them ever deserve a shot at a job interview again? Don't you suppose you're helping keep them on welfare by not giving them a shot at a job? Maybe while we're at it, we could consider not listing things like dismissed charges on criminal records. Wouldn't THAT at least be fair?

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