Governor Kasich recently signed HB 56 into law, which prohibits public employers from including questions about an applicant’s criminal background on an employment application. This follows a nationwide trend, commonly known as “ban the box.” The “ban the box” movement gained momentum in 2012 when the EEOC recommended that employers not ask about convictions on job applications. According to the National Employment Law Project, in December 2015 over 100 cities and counties and 19 states had adopted a variation of this legislation. Public employers must now remove any question concerning an applicant’s criminal background from its employment application. This does not prohibit public employers from including a statement notifying applicants of a state or federal law that may disqualify those with a particular criminal history. Private employers are under no such obligation but should consider whether banning the box makes sense.