On April 3, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Order that “bans the box” and prohibits Virginia agencies, boards, and commissions from asking questions about an applicant’s criminal history on employment applications.
The growing “ban the box” movement encourages employers to remove any questions on their job applications that ask applicants to check a box or otherwise indicate if they have a criminal history. Proponents of this movement believe the elimination of such questions will reduce employer discrimination on the basis of criminal history. With the signing of McAuliffe’s Order, Virginia joins fourteen other states, the District of Columbia, and over 100 localities that have already enacted some type of “ban the box” measure. See Full Article