Every good basketball player knows how to box out, and now public employers in Delaware need to learn how.

On May 13, 2014, Delaware “banned the box,” meaning that Delaware now forbids public employers from asking candidates to check a box on an employment application if they have a criminal record.  A criminal record may, however, be taken into consideration after an applicant’s initial interview.

Importantly, the law does not apply to public employers or positions with a statutory mandate for background checks (such as the Department of Corrections, police forces, etc.).

Check out H.B. 167 here.