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Editorial: ‘Ban the Box’ law deserves close attention

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Starting Jan. 1, Minnesota will join a handful of other states and about 50 cities in enforcing “Ban the Box” legislation, which prohibits many employers from asking on a job application about an applicant’s criminal history.

As the law’s supporters are quick to note, the new rule doesn’t forbid any such inquiries completely. It just puts them off limits until the applicant reaches the interview stage.

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