Virginia State Senate has passed legislation that would impact state hiring of applicants with criminal convictions. The "Ban the Box" bill would allow to people who were charged or convicted of crimes to advance further in the employment vetting process before a prospective employer could inquire about any criminal history.
Virginia, no longer ranked as the best state to do business, still has a strong economic footing, especially in Northern Virginia. But because the state is so heavily reliant on defense contracts which have recently been on the federal chopping block, Governor McAuliffe is looking to strengthen the state's economy through other avenues.
Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime. Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars. Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.
Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.
“I mean they literally can’t get an interview. People won’t even talk to them.”
Virginians will likely spend some time over next few weeks getting their paperwork together to complete their taxes. And if you’re thinking about having someone else do your taxes, new research says tax preparers and other service providers can sometimes benefit by making information about their services hard to read.