KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Council is considering a proposal to bar employers from asking job applicants to check a box on applications disclosing their criminal pasts.
The Kansas City Star reports that the “ban the box” ordinance was unanimously approved Thursday by the council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It is expected to go to the full council next week.
More than 150 cities and counties have passed measures that bar businesses from asking job applicants about criminal history. Such inquiries must be deferred until later in the hiring process.
Kansas City government adopted the policy for most city employees in 2013, while Missouri approved it for state hiring in 2016.
Councilman Jermaine Reed says it’s time for the private sector to follow suit. He sponsored the original ordinance.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com