Hiring Employees with a Criminal Record by Mark Perlberg

Competition for employees can make it tough for businesses to find workers to fill vacancies.  In today’s tight labor market, many more companies are open to hiring individuals with a criminal record.   There may be some benefits to this decision too. 

People who have been released from prison typically have a difficult time finding viable employment opportunities and they’re often grateful for the opportunity and willing to work hard for the second chance.   Companies gain a valuable worker who is often less likely to quit.  In addition to reduced turnover, federal tax and work credits can provide substantial cost savings for businesses upon hiring those with a criminal background.

There are various federal and state laws that you need to be aware of when hiring a candidate with a criminal record. Many states and localities have recently passed laws making it illegal to ask about arrests or convictions before a certain point in the interview process, so it’s important to understand the laws in your area and how they apply to your company and candidate.

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