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A Healthcare Employer Guide to Hiring People with Arrest and Conviction Records: Seizing the Opportunity to Tap a Large, Diverse Workforce
National Employment Law Project and the Safer Foundation, April 2017

This toolkit, with Sodiqa Williams (Safer Foundation’s VP of External Affairs) as its lead author, synthesizes reliable research demonstrating the universal benefit of hiring from untapped talent pools, dispels myths about the risks of hiring people with arrest and conviction records, sets forth concrete steps for developing an effective hiring process, and highlights success stories and best practices from healthcare employers, like Johns Hopkins Health System, that have already embraced the issue.


Safer Demand Skills CollaborativeSM: Healthcare

Safer Foundation
Build your talent pipeline with the Safer Demand Skills CollaborativeSM (SDSC). SDSC includes healthcare employers, workers and funders working together to change lives and strengthen communities. With employers driving the training, SDSC helps people with criminal records get the healthcare certification they need using a data-driven program proven to reduce recidivism.


Fact Sheet: Illinois Income Tax Credit

Anthony Lowery, Safer Foundation
The fact sheet summarizes changes to the Illinois Income Tax Act affecting people with criminal records and employers who hire them. Public Act 98-0165 expanded eligibility for people with records and increased tax credit amounts for participating employers under the Act.


Fact Sheet: Ban the Box, Illinois

Anthony Lowery, Safer Foundation
Provides an overview of the provisions of Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, or Illinois’ Ban-the-Box for private employers. Ban the Box delays arrest or conviction history inquiries during the employment process so that applicants can be assessed primarily on their qualifications rather than the results of a background check.


Fact Sheet: Ban the Box, Chicago

Anthony Lowery, Safer Foundation
Provides an overview of the provisions of Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, or Illinois’ Ban-the-Box for private employers. Ban the Box delays arrest or conviction history inquiries during the employment process so that applicants can be assessed primarily on their qualifications rather than the results of a background check.


Federal Bonding Program

A U.S. Department of Labor Initiative
The Federal Bonding Program minimizes the perceived risk in hiring qualified job applicants with records. It provides fidelity bonds that insure employers against losses caused by any dishonest acts of an employee with a conviction history. These are available free of charge for the first six months.


Employer’s Guide to The Work Opportunity Tax Credit

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, August 2014
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from target groups facing significant employment barriers. These are also available to people with a felony conviction and can be between $1,500 to $2,400 per year for every eligible individual employed. This guide goes over the process of applying for and obtaining a tax credit. Also check the Department of Labor website for up to date information (https://www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/).


WOTC Tax Credit Calculation Chart

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
This chart provides minimum retention periods and maximum Work Opportunity Tax Credit amounts employers may receive for hiring an individual from a target group.


2015 Form 5884

Internal Revenue Service
Here’s a copy of the 2015 Form 5884 for employers’ use in availing Work Opportunity Tax Credit.


A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
If employers use background checks to make personnel decisions, they must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and laws that protect people from discrimination. The FTC and EEOC have tips for businesses on the lawful use of background information.

 

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