Iowa Considers Banning the Box

The Iowa senate introduced Senate File 84, which seeks to "ban the box" in Iowa. The measure would make it illegal for Iowa employers to inquire about criminal history until the interview process commenced or until an offer of employment is made.

The law would not dictate who Iowa employers can approve for hire and does not apply to positions where state or federal law requires employers to exclude applicants with specific criminal histories.

Iowa is just the latest state in the "ban the box" movement which is sweeping rapidly across the nation. 

Iowa Senator, Rich Taylor, states, "If that box is on an application (a job application) and they're honest and mark it, they're out the door."

More than half of the population in the United States live in an area that has similar legislation in place. The move is made to give those with a criminal record a fair chance at securing employment.