Board to Consider Change on Job Apps

The Omaha Personnel Board is scheduled to take action Thursday on a potential change on city job applications. The so-called ban the box initiative would no longer ask applicants to disclose a criminal background.

In her State of the City address, Mayor Jean Stothert said, “This is an important step to provide equal employment opportunities.”

The exception to this would be in applications for police officers.

The ban the box proposal would not do away with background research. The City Human Resources Department would conduct a criminal background check only when an applicant is notified that he or she is a finalist for a position.

The Personnel Board meets Thursday morning at 9 in the Omaha Douglas Civic Center.

The plan to make the change on applications is also subject to City Council review.

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