Mayor Baker issues "ban the box" executive order
By Frank Gerace

Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:28am

Wilmington Mayor Jim Baker (D)
Wilmington's Mayor has issued an executive order removing criminal conviction questions from applications for non-uniformed city jobs.

Mayor Baker issued the order mandating the so-called "ban the box" provision, mirroring similar laws already on the books in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and a federal law currently under consideration by a US House of Representatives committee.

City Council recommended last week that Wilmington adopt "ban the box," which doesn't stop the city from doing criminal background checks once applicants are given a conditional offer of employment.

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