Effective October 1, 2018

Michigan Passed A Ban The Box Law

On September 7, 2018 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Executive Order 2018-4 to give ex-convicts opportunities to find employment and succeed in the workplace. The bill stated that this policy is in everyone’s best interest as it can help employers find the people they need and lower the rate of recidivism.

The bill calls for state employers to:

  • Remove questions about criminal convictions from job applications and postings.
  • Not use a person’s criminal history as “an initial screen for employment consideration.”
  • Hold off on running a criminal background check until later in the hiring process.

The Department of State and the Department of the Attorney General are exempted from this directive but encouraged to follow it voluntarily. Private employers in Michigan are also encouraged, but not required, to abide by the state Ban the Box law.

This bill intends to give individuals an opportunity to show their qualifications, inform employers of “how their lives have changed through rehabilitation” and prevent job seekers from being denied an interview because they have a conviction. It was put into effect on October 1, 2018.

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