Good news for job seekers in the Charlotte area with a criminal history - Target has decided to 'ban the box' nationally, removing the box that requests applicants to disclose any prior criminal problems on the application form. The corporation has stated that it is its goal, nationwide, to assist in the reintegration of those who have been through the criminal justice system by offering more jobs to convicted ex-offenders.
Job-seekers with a felony conviction often face an uphill battle in finding gainful employment. Before even having a chance to meet face-to-face with a potential employer, the applicant has had to disclose that there is a felony conviction on his or her criminal record. Unfortunately, many employers will screen out the application, never allowing the individual a chance to explain.
In January, the Johnston County School Board will consider whether employees will be subjected to ongoing criminal history checks after being hired by the school district. Currently, applicants are screened for criminal offenses prior to being offered a job, but the new proposal would require employees' actions be continuously monitored.