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There is a growing trend across the country to provide rehabilitated criminals with greater access to better employment opportunities. First, we saw many states enact “Ban-the-Box” measures which forced employers to remove from their employment applications the question (usually in the form of a box to be checked) that asks if applicants have a criminal record1.

Philadelphia has long been at the forefront of legislation limiting the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process, but, recently, Philadelphia expanded its existing legislation. In 2012, Philadelphia enacted the commonly-referred-to "Ban the Box" legislation, prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant's criminal history before or during the applicant's first interview.

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