Sullivan County leans toward ‘ban the box’


MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Legislature is expected to approve the “ban the box” question on job applications.

At present, county job applications ask if individuals have been convicted of a crime.

If lawmakers vote to remove that, County Human Resources Commissioner Julie Diescher said there would still be a background check.

“We want the interview to be conducted with the bias of the charge on their application. Once the offer of employment is extended then we have them fill out a disclosure on what their background check is and then those results would come to my office,” she said.

If discussions by legislators are any indication, the change will be approved and could take effect on applications later this summer.

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