Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Workforce Professionals

The National H.I.R.E. Network is committed to working closely with workforce professionals to:

  • Be knowledgeable about barriers to employment, including state laws that affect individuals with criminal records and effective strategies to address them.
  • Address soft skills and other practical issues that affect the employability of individuals with criminal records, including obtaining identification and other documentation necessary for job seekers.
  • Understand the process of background checks and the distinction between arrest and conviction, sealing and expungement, and certificates of rehabilitation.
  • Utilize successful strategies for counseling clients on answering questions completely, directly, and honestly.
  • Identify “friendly” employers and ways to provide employers with access to qualified workers while protecting themselves from negligent hiring concerns, and maximizing cost-savings.

Resources

Criminal Record Issues:
Employer Use of Consumer/Credit Reports
Rap Sheets: Where They Begin and End
FBI Rap Sheets: FAQs
State Rap Sheets: FAQs

Legal Information:
Federal Occupational Restrictions Affecting People with Criminal Records
The Patriot Act
People with Criminal Records Working in Financial Institutions: The Rules on FDIC Waivers

Practical Information:
The Use of Honesty Tests
The Million Dollar Question: Do You Have a List of Employers Who Hire People with Criminal Histories?
Model Practices to Promote the Employment of People with Criminal Records
Effective Strategies to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Criminal Records

Relevant Research:
Research to Practice: Developing a Research Agenda
Labor Forecasting: Where Will the Jobs Be in the Future?
The Connection Between Research and Practice: Why Both Are Critically Important to Our Work