Employers Toolkit for Reviewing Applicant Criminal History
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights released released a toolkit for businesses, organizations, communities, chambers of commerce and local governments interested in starting conversations about workforce inclusion, the impact of collateral consequences, and offering people with a criminal background a second chance at employment.
As the United States faces an unprecedented labor shortage with the percentage of working age adults in society decreasing from 62 to 57 percent in the next 15 years as baby boomers retire, there is a significant opportunity to provide meaningful second chances for employment to millions of Americans with a criminal background. The state of Minnesota currently faces a worker shortage of 100,000 individuals.
Minnesota has been on the forefront of providing second chances and the Department in releasing the Employers Criminal History toolkit seeks to provide a library of information on how criminal convictions impact the lives of people long after their sentence has been served and how employers can comply with the law,” said Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner.
Signed into law in 2013, Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” law is designed to promote second chance opportunities. The law prohibits employers from asking about an individual’s criminal record until the applicant is interviewed or given a conditional job offer. The law covers all Minnesota employers unless they are exempted by law.
MDHR's Employers Toolkit for Reviewing Applicant Criminal History includes:
- Videos from an employer’s perspective and an applicant’s perspective designed to foster conversation with organizational leadership and employers.
- Brochure for employers detailing the importance of “Ban the Box” law and the impact it has on Minnesota’s workforce.
- Posters for offices, classrooms.
- Presentations and Speaker Opportunities – MDHR experts can offer tailored discussions and presentations for non-profits, businesses from 10-300 attendees.
Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” law is designed to promote second chance opportunities. The law prohibits employers from asking about an individual’s criminal record until the applicant is interviewed or given a conditional job offer. The law covers all Minnesota employers unless they are exempted by law. MDHR’s “Ban the Box” and Criminal Records toolkit includes videos from an employer’s perspective and an applicant’s perspective, a "Ban the Box" and Criminal Records in Employment" brochure for employers, posters, speaker or presentation information and ordering information for materials.
In the past few years, the Legislature has amended Minnesota law to ban employers from inquiring into the criminal history of individuals when they submits their employment applications. The Department is responsible for enforcing the law known as ban the box. The Department also enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act which prohibits racial discrimination by employers.
MDHR offers a wide range of speakers to come to your organization or community to discuss the scope of criminal collateral consequences, the impact of criminal collateral consequences in creating racial disparities, and how employers can comply with Minnesota’s ban the box law and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. For more information or to schedule a speaker, contact MDHR Communications Specialist Jonathan Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-407-8285.
MDHR Employers Toolkit for Reviewing Criminal History
"Ban the Box and Criminal Records in Employment Resources