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Delaware Bans Criminal History Question On Job Apps

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DOVER, Del. - Soon, some jobseekers in Delaware will see a significant change when applying.

Delaware is set to become the next state to "Ban The Box," which removes the question on a job application asking about someone's criminal conviction history. Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law on Thursday.

The new law applies only to public employers banning the practice until after the first interview.

"We have a high recidivism rate and we think primary because previous offenders are not allowed to make applications and can't get a job," said Rep. James Johnson.

According to Johnson, employers can disqualify applicants based on the nature of the offense and how much time has passed since the conviction.

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