This month, Ohio will remove the question on state employment applications that ask applicants about their past felony convictions. The change is significant. An estimated 70 million U.S. adults have arrests or convictions, which makes finding work a lot more challenging. There are some limitations to this new approach. State employers can still conduct criminal background checks and ask applicants about felony convictions during the job interview. While Ohio private employers can ask prospective employees about their criminal record during the initial application process, employers should exercise caution here. Remember, there’s a difference between an arrest and a conviction. Employers must make an individualized assessment of each applicant and, before excluding the applicant from a job, consider the nature of the crime, the time since the crime was committed, and the nature of the job. A decades-old, low-level conviction may not disqualify someone from performing the job.