Job Applications Could Change if Omaha Bans the Box

OMAHA (KPTM)- Thursday morning the Omaha Personnel Board will vote on a proposal to ban the box from job applications. Banning the box would mean that employers can't make people disclose their criminal history on an application, if they are applying for a city job. The measure wouldn't apply to applicants for police officers.Mayor Jean Stothert made the effort a priority in her State of the City address back in February."This is an important step to provide equal employment opportunities," Mayor Jean Stothert said.If passed by the Personnel Board and the City Council, the City of Omaha Human Resources Department would conduct a criminal background check, only when an applicant is notified that they are a finalist for the position.This month Governor Dave Heineman also signed legislation that will ban the box from initial job applications for public employers.