WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: General view of participants gathering for a press conference for coalition's Ban The Box Petition Delivery to The White House on October 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for ColorOfChange.org)

Oakland County is joining more than 150 cities and counties in the ‘ban a box’ policy for a fair-chance during the hiring process.

Led by Commissioner Nancy Quarles, the policy will remove the box asking have you ever been convicted of a crime from Oakland County applications…

The new practice will ensure that applicants qualifications are taken into consideration before their arrest or conviction records.

The policy was adopted by the board’s June 2019 meeting, and will go into effect by August 1st, 2019.

The Commissioner says that the ‘box’ discourages applicants from filling out an application and also lessens their chance of  being considered for a job before their qualifications is even considered.

The policy is also encouraging private companies and contractors to adopt ‘ban a box’ as well.

How do YOU feel about this part of the application being removed?