Harrisburg mulls ‘banning the box’ on job applications

Harrisburg City Council is considering removing criminal history questions from its job applications, but there’s no word yet on when it could happen.

The Administration Committee discussed the issue Thursday night.

Council members in attendance spoke in support of the so-called “banning-the-box” legislation.

Council President Wanda Williams said they still need to work out the details, but background checks would still be part of the hiring process.

Last month, Lancaster City passed a measure that removed criminal background questions. The city said background checks would remain and the new policy does not apply to police and fire department applicants.

“A lot of people are afraid to come forward to fill out an application because they do have a criminal record,” Williams said. “This eliminates that and they can come forward and they can compete for the job like anybody else.”

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