Minn. House passes bill to eliminate 'are-you-a-felon?' box on job applications

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A bill that would prevent private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories is headed to the governor's desk.

The Minnesota House approved the "ban the box" measure Wednesday 107 to 26, the Pioneer Press reports.

A similar bill was passed by the state Senate last month.

Supporters of the bill have said they want to prevent applications from being automatically discarded when the criminal history box is checked in the affirmative and allow applicants a chance to explain their pasts to prospective employers during the interview process.

The exception includes employers who are prohibited by law from hiring certain offenders such as nursing homes and hospitals.

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