The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) works to develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low-skill, low-income workers and job seekers.

Momentum builds for Ban the Box legislation

Policy extended to private sector in three MD jurisdictions


Support is growing for Ban the Box laws across Maryland.


Baltimore City, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties have all recently passed versions of this law, which prohibits employers from asking workers to identify prior convictions on job applications.


By eliminating criminal records questions, applicants are able to advance in the employee screening process without judgment for their past. Provisions of the new laws vary across the jurisdictions with key differences including at what point an employer may inquire about a criminal record, to the size of companies affected by the law, and penalties for violating the new standards.


These laws build on a similar regulation for state jobs, expanding job opportunities for thousands of Marylanders in the private sector.  For more information, contact Caryn Aslan.            

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