N.H. House OKs 'Ban the Box' Bill

by Bob Sanders – NH Business Review

Measure would bar job applications from asking about criminal history.

Employers won’t be able to ask about a worker’s criminal history on a job application, nor could the company be able to conduct a criminal background check before an interview, if a bill passed Thursday in the New Hampshire House becomes law.

Senate Bill 100 would “ban the box” on an employment application form asking about criminal history, but it would allow employers to ask the applicant that very same question at the interview and conduct background checks subsequently.

“It will let people have an opportunity to explain themselves and be considered like anyone else for employment,” said Rep. Michael Cahill, D-Newmarket