Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- John Watson
You have the opportunity to help create one of the first and most stable bridges to reentry success. Fair Shake supports an employer’s desire to understand formerly incarcerated applicants by offering tools for our members to more fully demonstrate their character than may be available on a standard job application.
Did you know that support is also available to you through bonding programs and tax incentives? We have included that information, too.
A one-page flyer with information and incentives for hiring the formerly incarcerated.
Michigan Public Radio Interview
Interview with the company’s vice president, Kenyatta Brame, and Jahaun McKinley, formerly incarcerated and lean manager at Cascade who has been with the company for six years.
Directory of State Bonding Coordinators
Directory of State WOTC Coordinators
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and Washington D.C.
We offer smart solutions to employers to help them access qualified workers, protect themselves from negligent hiring concerns, and maximize cost-savings. We provide peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and innovative practices that can be utilized in your community or state.
Did you know you might qualify for state or federal grants to help you train your employees? Find information here.
Your business may be eligible for a state or federal training grant (or other funding). Learn more through your local Workforce Investment Board, Small Business Development Center, or economic development agency.
When exploring grants or other funding for training, start at the state or local level. Here are some options for getting started:
This federal tax credit offers funds to train new hires who meet certain requirements.
Need skilled workers? On-the-Job Training (OJT), a federal program funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), lets you hire and train skilled workers and get reimbursed for your efforts.
As an employer, you’ll benefit from more efficient recruiting, more targeted training, and assistance with training expenses
PURPOSE: To stimulate and assist industry in developing and improving apprenticeship and other training programs designed to provide the skilled workers needed to compete in a global economy.
DESCRIPTION: Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by joint employer and labor groups, individual employers, and/or employer associations.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Write or call the OA State Offices
or the Career One Stop Center near you:
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created Enforcement Guidance on Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Read the full report here: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm
Highlights from the report:
For more information:
Pre-Employment Inquiries and Arrest & Conviction http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/practices/inquiries_arrest_conviction
Arrest and Conviction Records FAQ: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/arrest_conviction
Background checks: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/practices/background_checks.cfm
EEOC Enforcement Guidance http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm